Can the Chief Information Commissioner transfer an Information Commissioner?
The bench of Ravindra Jadhav, information commissioner at the State Information Commission (SIC) of Maharashtra which was located at Amravati, was transferred to Pune. A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by Vijay Kumbhar in the High Court stating that the Chief Information Commissioner of Maharashtra Mr. Ratnakar Gaikwad had infringed upon the jurisdiction of the governor by transferring the bench of Ravindra Jadhav, to the Pune bench.
Earlier, a division bench of Justice Naresh Patil and Justice V L Achliya of Bombay High Court had passed an order the staying the transfer and had directed the Advocate General to appear before the court in the next hearing.
Maharashtra had issued a notification and an officer was appointed for Amravati. In the hearing of the PIL, the court asked why it was not informed about the appointment. The Court also prohibited Chief Information Commissioner from transferring anybody until further orders.