Andhra RTI activists oppose TDP’s politicisation of AP Information Commission, write to governor

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RTI activists oppose TDP government’s attempt to appoint political leaders in the Information Commission of Andhra Pradesh.

RTI activists alleged that the TDP government was politicising the Information Commission of Andhra Pradesh. The activists wrote to Andhra and Telangana governor ESL Narasimhan on the issue.

“Sub-Section (6) makes it clear that the SIC should not be a Member of Parliament or Member of Legislature or hold any other office of profit or connected with any political party or carrying on any business or pursuing any profession,” says Chakradhar Buddha, Covener of United Forum of RTI (UFRTI), in his letter to the Governor.

“Many objections have already been raised by the RTI activists, civil society and intellectuals on their proposed appointments in the recent past. But the TD government did not take any of those into consideration and has been pushing for appointing two of its party member s/sympathisers as the State Information Commissioners just before the election results are due. It amounts to violation of Constitutional spirit and various judgments delivered by the  Supreme Court and various High Courts from time to time,” he added.

The TDP government had suggested the names of Ilapuram Raja who is the son of former MLC Ilapuram Venkaiah and president of Vijayawada Hotelier’s Association and Eerla Srirama Murthy, former revenue employee and also former personal secretary of HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao.

Earlier four SCI’s Thanthiya Kumari, Imtiyaz Ahmed, Vijaya Nirmala, V. Venkateswarlu after their appointed was ruled by SC as invalid.

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