RTI activists filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Monday alleging that the appointment of former Law Secretary Suresh Chandra as a member of the Central Information Commission was done “in complete violation of the prescribed process”, as he had not applied for the post. As The Hindu reported on Monday, Mr. Chandra’s name was not on the list of 280 applicants for the vacant positions, according to data made public by the Department of Personnel and Training. The Supreme Court is currently hearing a petition by Anjali Bhardwaj, co-convenor of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information, and others, on vacancies in State and Central Information Commissions. The next hearing is on Tuesday. The additional affidavit said the appointment of Mr. Chandra was in violation of the DoPT’s own affidavit to the SC on the appointment procedure to be followed. The search committee “acted beyond its mandate and undermined the selection process”, said the affidavit. Referring to The Hindu ’s report, the Congress accused the Centre of “subterfuge and trying to keep the Opposition out” while making key appointments to statutory bodies.