Governor may by order remove from office the State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information Commissioner if a State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information Commissioner, as the case may be,-
Is adjudged an insolvent
Has been convicted of an offence which, in the opinion of the Governor, involves moral turpitude
Engages during his term of office in any paid employment outside the duties of his office
Is, in the opinion of the Governor, unfit to continue in office by reason of infirmity of mind or body. Has acquired such financial or other interest as is likely to affect prejudicially his functions as the State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information Commissioner
If the State Chief Information Commissioner or a State Information Commissioner in any way, concerned or interested in any contract or agreement made by or on behalf of the Government of the State or participates in any way in the profit thereof or in any benefit or emoluments arising there from otherwise than as a member and in common with the other members of an incorporated company, he shall be deemed to be guilty of misbehavior
The Centre has also curtailed the tenure of information commissioners in transparency panels across the country to three years in new RTI rules. The 2005 Act gave them a fixed tenure of five years or a retirement age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.
The Centre had amended the Right to Information Act, 2005 in July ending the parity enjoyed by Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners with Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commissioners on terms and conditions of their service and tenure.
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