In its bid to arrest the free-falling rupee, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has brought down the amount of dollars one can take out of the country, in a single year, from $200,000 to $75,000. “Education loans and remittances related to overseas studies are a part of the $75,000 limit, but if someone wants to remit a higher amount, they can do so with prior permission of the central bank,” says an RBI spokesperson.
Admitting that it committed a 'mistake of law' the Supreme Court recalled its order on appointment of Information Commissioners under the RTI Act
The Supreme Court on Tuesday recalled its order on appointment of Information commissioners under the Right to Information Act. The apex court also admitted that it committed a 'mistake of law' by directing that only sitting or retired High Court Chief Justices or an apex court Judge could head the Central and State Information Commissions.
The bench had passed the order on a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging Section 12 and 15 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, enumerating the qualifications needed for the appointment of members of the commissions.
A bench of Justices AK Patnaik and AK Sikri withdrew its order of 13 September 2012 in which a slew of directions were passed pertaining to the appointment of information commissioners.
“It was mistake of law. We recall the directions,” the bench said while reading out the operative portion of its judgement on a petition filed by the Centre seeking review of its order passed year order.
The Centre had sought review of the apex court’s verdict, saying it is against the provisions of the transparency law.
The apex court, in its judgement last year, had said like other quasi-judicial bodies, people from a judicial background should also be appointed as members of the Central and State Information Commissions and this should be done after consulting the Chief Justice of India (CJI) and Chief Justices of the respective High Courts.
The Court had directed the Government to amend the RTI Act for it. “The 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,” the court had said.
The bench had, however, refused to quash the Sections but asked the government to modify them so that people from a judicial background are also preferred for the posts.