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Ilapuram Raja takes charge as RTI commissioner of Andhra Pradesh

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Ilapuram Raja took charge as the Right to Information of on Wednesday in the presence of state LV Subrahmanyam.

ESL Narasimhan cleared Raja's name on May 7, and he took charge as RTI today after a government order was released in this regard on May 14. He will serve in this position for the next five years.

Chandrababu Naidu-led government had recommended two names to the for filling up the position of Information on March 7. However, on March 11, the had returned the file to the citing Model Code of Conduct (MCC) as the reason.

The then sought clearance from the ECI on March 29 for the appointment of a new On April 4, the file was again sent to the governor. The sent two names - Ilapuram Raja and Eerla Srirama Murty. The nod for Raja was given by the governor on May 7.

Raja is a hotelier, of of a former MLC. Opposition parties alleged that TDP politicised the institution of

Meanwhile, a petition is filed in the High Court stating that Raja's appointment is invalid.

Vedika filed a lunch motion petition. His argued that the act categorically restricts appointing

The bench adjourned hearing to May 29 and ordered the government to file counter on that day.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 21:47 IST