HC rule on appointing RTI officersNew Age Online
The High Court on Wednesday directed the government authorities to explain in two weeks why they would not be asked to take necessary steps to make it mandatory that right to information officers are made permanent and non-transferrable at all government and statutory offices.
The court also issued a rule asking the attorney general, the Supreme Court registrar, the Judicial Service Commission, the Dhaka District and Sessions Judge, the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court, and the Bangladesh Bar Council to explain why they should not be directed to appoint right to information officers at their offices as mandated in the Right to Information Act 2009.
The bench of Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and Justice Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Abdul Halim.
Halim was prompted to file the writ petition after he was denied some information from the Registrar.
He then filed a complaint to the Information Commission but the Commission did not take any action against the Registrar.
He also prayed for appointment of RTI officers in six other judicial offices which do not have RTI officers, although the RTI Act, 2009 makes a mandatory provision for appointment of RTI officers within 60 days after its enactment.
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