State Information Commissions suspend hearing RTI appeals after SC order
Following the Supreme Court order directing that the Information Commissions shall be bench of two members — a judicial member and an expert member — for hearing all cases, the State Information Commission of Maharashtra, Kerala, Assam and Rajasthan have suspended the hearings on appeals. The Information Commissions of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh have continued with the hearings.
The Tamil Nadu SIC has three Information Commissioners with legal background and is functioning effectively. The Karnataka information commission comprising a chief information commissioner and five information commissioners has been functioning normally. Out of the six members and four are retired bureaucrats, one is a member of the bar and the other a member of the medical profession. None of them have been members of the judiciary.
Thus different stands are being taken by different SIC in the country on the same issue.