Maharashtra govt trips on Guv's powers

But now, he is saddled with a Cabinet recommendation to make a reference to the Supreme Court against Information Commissioner Ramanand Tiwary and suspend him, pending an inquiry by the apex court. This, when he has direct powers to remove the functionary.

According to leading advocate Y P Singh, who has been engaged in several RTI related litigations, the Governor has powers under Section 17(3)(e) under which he can directly remove the Information Commissioner.

This sub-clause is relevant, as it makes it clear that the functionary must have accquired direct monetary or other interest, which makes hearing before him about that matter prejudicial.

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