GCA’S PETITION AGAINST RTI: HEARING ON 15th FEB

PANJIM: The Division Bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa comprising of Justice S.B.Deshmukh and Justice F.M.Reis will on 15th Feb hear the petition filed by the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) challenging the order of the Goa State Information Commission which had ruled that the GCA comes under the ambit of the Right to Information Act.
The State Chief Information Commissioner Mr. Motilal Keny had on October 7th last year in a 23 page landmark judgment directed the Goa Cricket Information to furnish Adv. Aires Rodrigues the information sought by him on the fees paid by the GCA to its lawyer Mr. Subodh Kantak.
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 and other assistance.

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