The government pleaded that the apex court should have a relook at its order on appointment of CICs as it is against the provisions of the transparency law
New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking a review of its verdict which held that only sitting or retired Chief Justices of High Courts or a Supreme Court judge can head the Central and State Information Commissions, reports PTI.
The government pleaded that the apex court should have a relook at its 12th September order as it is against the provisions of the transparency law.
The apex court had in its judgement said that like other quasi judicial bodies, people from judicial background be also appointed as members of the Central and State Commissions which is to be done after consulting with the Chief Justice of India (CJI) and Chief Justice of the respective High Courts.
It had directed the government to amend RTI Act for it.
"Chief Information Commissioner at the Centre or State level shall only be a person who is or has been a Chief Justice of the High Court or a judge of the Supreme Court of India," a bench of justices AK Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar had said.
The bench had passed the order on a PIL challenging section 12 and 15 of the Right to Information Act, 2005 enumerating the qualifications needed for the appointment of members to the commissions.
The bench, however, had refused to quash the sections but asked the government to modify it so that people from judicial background are also preferred for the post.
Currently, none of the eight members of the Central Information Commission (CIC), including the Chief Information Commissioner, is from judicial background.
The CIC comprises one Chief Information Commissioner and 10 Information Commissioners.
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SEBI is looking into contradictory statements about stake sale in Kingfisher to foreign airlines and private equity players and also about United Spirits selling stake to UK's Diageo
New Delhi: Following requests from bourses National Stock Exchange (NSE) and BSE, market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is investigating the affairs of some Vijay Mallya-controlled UB Group companies for alleged non-compliance with disclosure norms, reports PTI.
The stock exchanges have raised various concerns mainly about two UB Group units -- Kingfisher Airlines and United Spirits -- for not providing required disclosures and not adhering to deadline regarding finacial results and the Annual General Meeting.
Officials said that SEBI has started investigations into the issues related to Kingfisher and United Spirits Ltd (USL) following requests from the two bourses. The regulator has got information and is in the process of gathering more details, they added.
"SEBI will also look into contradictory statements made about stake sale in Kingfisher to foreign airlines and private equity players. The regulator may seek related information from the lenders also," a senior regulatory official said.
The regulator is also looking at reports about United Spirits selling stake to UK's Diageo Plc, the official added.
When contacted, UB Group spokesperson said that SEBI has sent a set of queries to United Spirits related to an announcement with Diageo Plc.
"The movement in share prices of our group companies has been largely influenced by the wide speculation by the media with no comments from us.
"SEBI has written to USL with a set of queries following a joint announcement with Diageo Plc on 25th September. We have provided the information," an UB Group spokesperson said.
Late last month, Vijay Mallya had said that Kingfisher was in talks with foreign airlines for possible stake sale. However, according to lenders, the domestic carrier was in discussions with private equity players.