M K Gupta,
What if the Nodal Agency to promote transprancy is not transparent itself and that too, on the appointments of Chief of Transprancy Panel i.e. Central Information Commission? The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) denied information about the names of the short listed candidates considered for the post of Chief IC and selection criteria at the time of appointing Mr. A. N.Tiwari. The First Appellate Authority Smt. Anuradha S. Chagti has replied that no documents are available on these points. Interestingly, FAA has not given any reason about the non-existence of these documents i.e. are they missing or else and the reply is unconvincing. She has also denied information about the shortlisting of other candidates too.
These were the queries which were also raised by the Hon’ble Supreme Court from the Govt. (DoPT) in the case of selection of Mr. P J Thomas as Chief Vigilance Commissoner who was shown the door by the Court for pending chargesheet against him.
The disclosure of such details will pave the way of appointing more deserving candidates by devisiong some accepted system but that may also bring to an end the way for the bureccrats whose main qualification is loyality to this or that leader. No body knows why Ms. Kiran Bedi, IPS or Justice (Retd) A P Shah of Delhi High Court candidatures were rejected, despite the fact that they gave their willingness.