NOW ADVOCATE GENERAL SUBODH KANTAK CLAIMS HE IS NOT A PUBLIC AUTHORITY

PANJIM: Following in the footsteps of Goa Governor Dr. S.S.Sidhu, the Advocate General of Goa Mr. Subodh Kantak today submitted before the Goa State Chief Information Commissioner Mr. Motilal Kenny that he too is not a “Public Authority”.
Interestingly in his reply to the complaint filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues against him Mr. Subodh Kantak has however conceded that the appointment of an Advocate General is under the Constitution of India. The State Chief Information Commissioner will now hear arguments in the case on Feb 17th at 10 am.
Adv Aires Rodrigues has in his complaint against Mr. Subodh Kantak submitted that the Advocate General as a “public authority” was required under Section 5 of the Act to designate within 100 days Public Information Officers to provide information to person requesting the same from the Advocate General’s office.
Adv. Rodrigues has also stated that Section 4 the Act required the Advocate General to publish and make public within one hundred and twenty days various information details about the Advocate General’s office.
In his petition Adv. Aires Rodrigues has sought that the Advocate General of Goa be penalized in terms of section 20 of the RTI Act for not complying with the provisions for the last five years.

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