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Central Information Commission under the RTI Act, 2005

Central Information Commission under the RTI Act, 2005

Central Information Commission means the Central Information Commission constituted under sub-section (1) of section 12.

Constitution of Central Information Commission

The Central Government shall, by notification in the Official Gazette, constitute a body to be known as the Central Information Commission to exercise the powers conferred on, and to perform the functions assigned to, it under this Act.

The Central Information Commission shall consist of—

(a)  the Chief Information Commissioner; and

(b)  such number of Central Information Commissioners, not exceeding ten, as may be deemed necessary.

The Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commis­sioners shall be appointed by the President on the recommendation of a committee consisting of—

(i)  the Prime Minister, who shall be the Chairperson of the committee;

(ii)  the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha; and

(iii)  a Union Cabinet Minister to be nominated by the Prime Minister.

For the purposes of removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that where the Leader of Opposition in the House of the People has not been recognised as such, the Leader of the single largest group in opposition of the Government in the House of the People shall be deemed to be the Leader of Opposition.

According to Section 2(n) of the RTI Act, 2005 “Chief Information Commissioner” and “Information Commissioner” mean the Chief Information Commissioner and Infor­mation Commissioner appointed under sub-section (3) of section 12;

The general superintendence, direction and management of the affairs of the Central Information Commission shall vest in the Chief Information Commissioner who shall be assisted by the Information Commissioners and may exercise all such powers and do all such acts and things which may be exercised or done by the Central Information Commission autonomously without being sub­jected to directions by any other authority under this Act.

The Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commis­sioners shall be persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance.

The Chief Information Commissioner or an Information Commis­sioner shall not be a Member of Parliament or Member of the Legislature of any State or Union territory, as the case may be, or hold any other office of profit or connected with any politi­cal party or carrying on any business or pursuing any profession.

The headquarters of the Central Information Commission shall be at Delhi and the Central Information Commission may, with the previous approval of the Central Government, establish offices at other places in India.

Term of office and conditions of service

The Chief Information Commissioner shall hold office for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office and shall not be eligible for reappointment.

No Chief Information Commissioner shall hold office as such after he has attained the age of sixty-five years.

Every Information Commissioner shall hold office for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office or till he attains the age of sixty-five years, whichever is earlier, and shall not be eligible for reappointment as such Information Commissioner:

Every Information Commissioner shall, on vacating his office be eligible for appointment as the Chief Information Commissioner in the manner specified in sub-section (3) of section 12.

Where the Information Commissioner is appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner, his term of office shall not be more than five years in aggregate as the Information Commissioner and the Chief Information Commissioner.

The Chief Information Commissioner or an Information Commissioner shall before he enters upon his office make and subscribe before the President or some other person appointed by him in that behalf, an oath or affirmation according to the form set out for the purpose in the First Schedule.

The Chief Information Commissioner or an Information Commis­sioner may, at any time, by writing under his hand addressed to the President, resign from his office. The Chief Information Commissioner or an Informa­tion Commissioner may be removed in the manner specified under section 14.

Removal of Chief Information Commissioner or Information Commis­sioner

The Chief Information Commissioner or any Information Commissioner shall be removed from his office only by order of the President on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity after the Supreme Court, on a reference made to it by the President, has, on in­quiry, reported that the Chief Information Commissioner or any Information Commissioner, as the case may be, ought on such ground be removed.

The President may suspend from office, and if deem necessary prohibit also from attending the office during inquiry, the Chief Information Commissioner or Information Commissioner in respect of whom a reference has been made to the Supreme Court under sub-section (1) until the President has passed orders on receipt of the report of the Supreme Court on such preference.

The President may by order remove from office the Chief Information Commissioner or any Information Commissioner if the Chief Infor­mation Commissioner or an Information Commissioner, as the case may be,—

(a)  is adjudged an insolvent; or

(b)  has been convicted of an offence which, in the opinion of the President, involves moral turpitude; or

(c)  engages during his term of office in any paid employ­ment outside the duties of his office; or

(d)  is, in the opinion of the President, unfit to continue in office by reason of infirmity of mind or body; or

(e)  has acquired such financial or other interest as is likely to affect prejudicially his functions as the Chief Information Commissioner or an Information Commissioner.

If the Chief Information Commissioner or an Information Com­missioner in any way, concerned or interested in any contract or agreement made by or on behalf of the Government of India or participates in any way in the profit thereof or in any benefit or emolument arising therefrom otherwise than as a member and in common with the other members of an incorporated company, he shall be deemed to be guilty of misbehaviour.

Central Information Commission under the RTI Act, 2005

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