Jammu, Feb 9: The Chief Commissioner Income Tax (JK-Amritsar circle) GR Sufi was Wednesday appointed as the first Chief Information Commissioner of Jammu and Kashmir.

Sources said Governor NN Vohra gave nod to Sufi’s appointment after receiving clearance from the Central Vigilance Commission.

The state government had re-submitted the file regarding Sufi’s appointment to Vohra after the General Administration Department’s faux-pas. The GAD had earlier sent the file to Governor without the CVC clearance.

The Governor had returned the file to the government asking for CVC clearance.

“After examining the matter afresh the Governor cleared the case and issued the appointment orders,” top official sources said.

An Indian Revenue Service officer of 1977 batch, Sufi’s name was recommended to the Governor by the selection committee headed by the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and comprising of Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand and Opposition Peoples Democratic Party president, Mehbooba Mufti as members.

The CIC is appointed for a period of five years. The Selection Committee is likely to appoint the two information commissioners before the start of the Budget Session in Jammu on February 28.