Former Defence Secretary Radha Krishna Mathur was on 18 December 2015 appointed as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of India. He succeeded Vijai Sharma, who completed his tenure on 1 December 2015.
He will be serving for nearly three years, making him the second-longest serving CIC. – See more at: With this, Mathur became the eigth CIC of India. He will have tenure of about three years, till he attains the age of 65 years.
It is for the first time that the Union Government has appointed somebody other than a serving Information Commissioner to the post. Thus, the appointment of Mathur as CIC breaks away from the convention of appointing the Head from among the serving Information Commissioners.