Law Qualification for Information Commissioner


My contention in this note is that committee should consider a person who has law qualification and Judicial experience. This should be the case for Central ICs and State CIC and ICs.

RTI Application

I am a legal and Financial Consultant and a civil activist from Dombivli (Mumbai) and had made an application to Central information commission requesting following information:

• How many Commissioners are having Law qualification i.e.  
        graduation or post graduation in Law of recognized University
• How many Commissioners are having judicial experience
• Nature and number of years of such experience
• How many Commissioners out of above have been in the service of
        Central Govt. or State Government.
• How many of them belong to IAS/IFS/IRS etc.
• How many of them have been in Central Govt./State Govt. service
        immediately before being appointed as Commissioners

Reply of CPIO

The CPIO of GOI, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Personnel and Training has vide his reply letter No. 12/56/2009-IR dated 8th April 2009 has informed that none of the Information Commissioners have a degree in Law or have Judicial experience.

The CPIO also replied that barring Prof. M.M.Ansari and Mr. Shailesh Gandhi all other ICs were in Central Government ministries before being appointed as ICs.  

As per bio datas provided by the Information Officer, Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, Chief Information Commissioner and Mr.A.N. Tiwari, Mrs.Annapurna Dixit, and Mr. Satyanand Mishra all Information Commissioners, are IAS.

Mr.Habibullah was a member of IAS from 2nd July 1968 to 30th September 2005. His last position with GOI was Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj till 30th September 2005.He has been Chief Information Commissioner from 25th October 2005 till date.

Mr.A.N.Tiwari retired from GOI service on 26th December, 2005, as Secretary, Ministry of...