CIC Contemplates Contempt Proceedings
Central Information Commission is now is in the process starting Contempt proceedings against alleged contemnor after receiving Expert Opinion.
In the last meeting of CIC on 17.06.2008 (full bench meeting) the Info Commissioners discussed on the Commission's power on Contempt proceedings. An expert opinion has been received from Supreme Court Senior Advocate Mr. L Nageswar Rao.
It appears that the expert opinion of Mr. Rao is amenable to the Commissioners' line of thinking. That's the reason why the commission is now seriously thinking of initiating Contempt actions against alleged contemnors.
Nothing is known about these alleged contemnors.
It could be either some erring PIOs or hapless Info Seekers or both? Commission is not forthcoming on these.
But from the seriousness with which the commission has taken up this issue it will definitely add to a new chapter in the evolutionary process of Right to Information.
Agenda Item: 1 Expert opinion of Shri L. Nageshwar Rao, Sr. Advocate
Supreme Court – regarding contempt powers of the Commission.
The opinion of Shri L. Nageshwar Rao, Sr. Advocate Supreme Court –
regarding powers with regard to contempt of court was discussed. Commission desired that some cases be taken up in light of the advice of Shri Rao.
JS (Law) will discuss with Sri Rao some questions raised by the Commission
in discussion and will report accordingly.
Minutes of the meeting of the Commission held on 17.06.2008 is available here...