NEW DELHI, April 02 : Former Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu has written to President Ram Nath Kovind against “conspiratorial attempt” of the government to “kill” the Central Information Commission through proposed committees under IAS officers to hear complaints against Information Commissioners.
Taking note of reports, Acharyulu said the proposed panels would reduce the CIC to the level of a “glorified clerk without glory”.
“I request the President of India to save RTI by insulating CIC from these kinds of onslaughts from the Government and their subordinate officers trying to prevent people from asking for embarrassing disclosures using RTI. This attempt is highly undemocratic, unconstitutional and smacks of high-level dictatorship and authoritarianism. This must be totally opposed,” he said.
Acharyulu termed the move to be against the Right to Information (RTI) Act, and violative of letter and spirit of the Constitution which gave independence to information tribunal.