PANJIM: Bombay High Court at Goa Justice N.A.Britto today adjourned by three weeks the petition filed by the Goa Cricket Association against the order of the Goa State Information Commission which had ruled that the GCA comes under the ambit of the Right to Information Act.
Justice Britto today directed that notice be issued to Adv. Aires Rodrigues in the matter. Justice Britto also stayed the order of the State Information Commission till the next hearing. The petition will now come up for hearing before Justice A.P.Lavande.
On a complaint filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues, the State Chief Information Commissioner Mr. Motilal Keny had on October 7th in a 23 page landmark order directed the Goa Cricket Information to furnish Adv. Rodrigues within 30 days the information sought by him on the fees paid by the GCA to its lawyer Mr. Subodh Kantak.
The State Chief Information Commissioner ruled that the government notification dated 8th July 2010 that all sports organizations and Sports Associations recognized by Sports Authority of Goa are covered under the RTI Act was binding on the Goa Cricket Association.
After Adv. Aires Rodrigues sought information from the Goa Cricket Association on the fees paid to their lawyer Mr. Subodh Kantak, the Goa Cricket Association which is headed by Goa’s former Law Minister Mr. Dayanand Narvekar took a stand that it does not come under the purview of the RTI Act.
The Goa Cricket Association claimed that the Right to Information Act was not applicable to it as it had not received any financial or other assistance from the Goa Government or the Sports Authority of Goa.
However Adv. Aires Rodrigues submitted documentary proof to the effect that the Goa Government had granted to the Goa Cricket Association on a 99 year lease land admeasuring 1,30,328 sq meters at Tivim for the construction of a cricket stadium at a nominal rent of Rs 50,000/- per year.
Adv. Rodrigues also submitted evidence that the Sports Authority of Goa had also given the Goa Cricket Association financial assistance of Rs 50 lakhs.
Adv Rodrigues submitted further evidence to the effect that the Sports Authority of Goa was also paying the salaries of cricket coaches given to the Goa Cricket Association.


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