JK Tripathy, retd. IPS, named Chief Information Commissioner, Odisha

JK Tripathy

Retired IPS officer of 1985-Batch and former Tamil Nadu top cop, Jalada Kumar Tripathy has been named new Odisha Chief Information Commissioner (CIC). Following a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on September 23, the Department of Personnel, Government of Odisha issued orders to assign the post of CIC to Tripathy.

The government notification announcing Tripathy’s assignment read, “In pursuance of sub-section (3) of section-15 of the Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005) and on the recommendation of the Committee constituted for the purpose, the Governor of Odisha is pleased to notify the appointment of JK Tripathy as the State CIC, Odisha Information Commission from the date he assumes office.”

The former IPS belonged to the Tamil Nadu cadre and is a native Odisha. He has served in the state of Tamil Nadu in various important capacities including Director General of Police (DGP) and Commissioner, Chennai Police over the past 30 years of his career stint.

After Sunil Mishra, the former CIC of Odisha has resigned on August 15 this year, the post was lying vacant. The notification was issued after the Governor of Odisha Ganeshi Lal gave a go-ahead.

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According to the norms, Tripathy will hold the post for a five-year tenure from the date of joining or attaining the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. Currently, the state information panel is run by four information commissioners.