HC seeks info on CIC appointment

PATNA: The Patna High Court on Thursday directed the state government to give details of the steps taken for filling up the post of chief information commissioner of the State Information Commission.

A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Shivakirti Singh and Justice Anjana Prakash issued the directive again even as the state government maintained that the former Patna HC CJ, Justice J N Bhat, had been appointed the chief information commissioner in 2008 but had not joined yet.

The order was passed on a PIL of Guddu Baba alias Vikas Chandra who said the post of chief information officer has remained vacant for about a year due to which the functioning of the State Information Commission has been hit.

A single bench presided by Justice A K Tripathi directed the state government and Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA) to file counter affidavit to a writ petition of a Kolkata-based firm, Scope Industries, alleging that the BIADA had taken back the 25 acres of plot situated in Pataliputra Industrial Area-Patna, which was allotted to it two years back for developing a multiplex.

A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Shivakirti Singh and Justice Anjana Prakash on Thursday directed the Banka district magistrate to inquire into the allegation made in a PIL that the construction of a bridge in the district was inordinately delayed for want of funds.

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