A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Deepa Sharma said the court will monitor the progress made by Department of Personnel and Training with regard to filling the vacancies in Central Information Commission (CIC) after Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain sought 12 weeks' time to finalise the appointments while filing an affidavit.

The bench was of the the view that if it closed the matter considering the affidavit filed by Centre, the same might not be done.

"ASG submitted that expeditious steps will be taken to fill up the posts. It is necessary for the court to monitor steps being taken to fill up the posts," the bench said.

"Let the matter be listed for May 11, 2015, by which date the DoPT shall file the progress report, it has made in terms of the affidavit filed today," the bench added.

It also said that until the court issues any direction, some important posts remain vacant for long.

"We will not close the writ petition. We want to monitor this personally. As we close it (petition), they (government) might not do it. So we will take up the matter after four weeks. You please tell us by that time, what progress you made in filling up the posts," the bench said.

The Centre on Thursday filed the affidavit after the court on Wednesday directed them to take instruction on a PIL filed by RTI activists R K Jain, Lokesh K Batra and Subhash Chandra Agarwal alleging that no action has been taken on the issue despite two "distress" letters written by Central Information Commission to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

Meanwhile, the ASG informed the court today that they have received 203 applications for the post of Chief Information Commissoner (Chief IC) and 535 for ICs.

"All these applications need to be sent before the search committee which will further put this before the selection committee after which CBI and IB will have to give vigilance clearance," the ASG said, adding that for all this process "we need minimum three months".

The ASG further said, "We are going to appoint very important persons so we cannot go in a casual manner."

He also said that the petition needs to be dismissed as the government machineries are already working on appointments of the Chief IC and ICs.

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