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Suspended judge seeks information under RTI Act

Posted by egovindia on July 19, 2006

Suspended judge seeks information under RTI Act
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 18
In an interesting development, a suspended judicial officer of Haryana has filed an application under the Right to Information Act seeking information from the Punjab and Haryana High Court about reasons behind his suspension.

In his application, which he filed in the office of State Information Commissioner, Haryana, along with the requisite fee of Rs 50, the officer – Mr Sudhir Jiwan, former Chief Judicial Magistrate, Jhajjar – who had been suspended by the Full Court of the High Court on August 17, 2005, has also sought proceedings of any inquiry conducted against him as well as a copy of the inquiry report.

It may be recalled that the High Court had ordered the suspension of Mr Jiwan, reportedly over some serious allegations against him concerning his earlier tenure in the Sonepat sessions division.

Mr Jiwan is the same judicial officer who had granted bail to former Indian cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi in the infamous black buck killing case.

The High Court, incidentally, has so far not designated any officer as public information officer as required under the RTI Act. A committee constituted by the High Court Chief Justice is still deliberating whether it needs to implement the RTI Act. In this regard, it has also sought information from other High Courts in the country about steps taken by them.

The application filed by Mr Jiwan also seeks the agenda of the Full Court meeting where the decision to suspend him was taken. He has also asked if any decision was taken to extend the period of suspension beyond the period of six months.

He has also sought that he be provided copies of the rules, orders, instructions and regulations, especially those relating to the time-frame prescribed for culmination of disciplinary proceedings.

Talking to The Tribune, Mr Jiwan claimed that he had filed similar application in the High Court also but had not received any response so far.

“As per the RTI Act, I first submitted an application to the Registrar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. When I did not receive any response, I filed an appeal. Again, I did not get any response. Now, I have filed an appeal with the State Information Commission, Haryana,” he said.


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