Is it required that the First Appellate Authority be the controlling officer of the records?
Ref: Public information officer and first appellate authority summoned by SIC
It is mentioned in the RTI that a first appellate officer should be an officer senior to PIO.
Is it required that the appellate officer should be controlling officer of the records and a gazetted officer, because the status is equivalent to a judge of civil court.
Name: Rajendra K Shinde
Email id: email@example.com
No, there is no link between the rank of the officer and his being designated as the First Appellate Authority.