Information Commissioners need not be judicial officers rules Supreme Court

In a landmark judgment today the Supreme Court allowed the review petition filed in Namit Sharma's case. The Bench held that it is not necessary to have only judicial officers as the Central or State Information Commissioners and that any change in the prresent procedure for selection and appointment of Information Commssioners must be done through Parliament.

The judgment was coincidentally delivered the day before the present Chief Information Commissioner Mr. Satyananada Mishra is due to step down. The formal announcement that he will be succeeded by a sitting Commissioner Ms. Deepak Sandhu has been facilitated by this judgment.

Murali Krishnan | India News Political Bureau, Delhi, Tuesday September 03, 2013, 10:42 am (IST)

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