The Centre has refused to share details related to the appointment of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das citing a clause in the transparency law which bars disclosure of information, including “records of deliberations of the council of ministers, secretaries and other officers“.
Replying to an RTI query, it declined to share the details, including names of short-listed candidates and file notings related to the appointment.
Das was on December 11, 2018 named as the RBI Governor by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for three years.
The appointment came after Urjit Patel abruptly resigned amid a face-off with the government over issues related to governance and autonomy of the central bank.
The RTI application was filed by this correspondent with the Department of Financial Services (DFS) seeking details like copy of any advertisement or vacancy circular issued by the government on appointment of RBI Governor, names of all applicants who had applied for the post and those short-listed for the top post.
The DFS was also asked to provide details on composition of search committee to short-list candidates and copy of minutes of meetings held on deciding the RBI Governor.