Thereafter, a writ petition was filed in the Andhra Pradesh High Court challenging the appointment of the four politically active candidates - Varre Venkateswarulu, Lam Tantiya Kumari, Imtiaz Ahmed and M. Vijaya Nirmala - as information commissioners. The petitioner contended that the appointments were violative of the letter and spirit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act as explained by Supreme Court. Please refer to: RTI - Information Commissioners do not have requisite qualifications - http://www.rtifoundationofindia.com/rti-information-commissioners-do-not-have-requisit-2176
The high court bench found during the hearing that there was nothing on the record to show that the appointed persons had severed all the political connections which they had prior to the appointment. It also observed that the procedure followed was not in tune with the act's spirit. The court set aside these appointments and directed the state government to make fresh appointments within six weeks. Meanwhile, the four information commissioners have said that they will approach the Supreme Court against these orders.