Advocate-general A Sudarshan Reddy called on governor ESL Narasimhan at the Raj Bhavan on Sunday and explained the legal position on the appointment of RTI commissioners.
The meeting follows the state government sending on Friday night a file relating to appointment of four RTI commissinoers whose names were rejected by the governor last year. The government recommended the same four names again in the hope that the governor would not reject them again. “If the government sends the same file again, the governor has to accept it. The rules state so,” sources in the Chief Minister’s Office claimed.
The advocate-general explained the legal position and cited past cases in support of his stance.
The government proposed the names of Imtiaz Ahmed, Tantiya Kumari, Vijaya Nirmala and Venkateswarlu as RTI commissioners.
Even two days after the file had been sent to the governor, he did not go through it. Hence the advocate-general’s meeting with him.
On the other hand, rights activists are demanding that the governor reject the recommendation once again.