HIGH COURT TO HEAR ON 18TH JULY GOA GOVERNOR’S PLEA AGAINST RTI

PANJIM: The Goa Raj Bhavan’s petition against the Right to Information Act will come up for hearing on Monday 18th July before a Division bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa comprising of Justice S. A. Bobde and Justice F.M.Reis.
The petition could not be heard last week as Advocate General Subodh Kantak had sought time while submitting that he was not ready with his arguments.
Mr. Gopal Subramaniam who was scheduled to defend Governor Sidhu before the High Court, cancelled his visit to Goa following his tendering of resignation as Solicitor General of India. 
Meanwhile efforts are still on to get Mr. Gopal Subramaniam to appear on behalf of Raj Bhavan as Governor Sidhu is known to be a personal friend of the former Solicitor General
Special Secretary to the Governor Dr. N. Radhakrishnan in his petition before the High Court has challenged the 31st March order of the Goa State Information commission which had directed the Raj Bhavan to furnish Adv. Aires Rodrigues the information sought by him under the Right to Information Act.
The Goa Raj Bhavan has in its petition contended that the Governor not being a “Public Authority” does not come within the purview of the RTI Act. The Raj Bhavan has also further contended that the Goa State Information Commission has not been properly constituted and that the State Chief Information Commissioner could not have heard matters in the absence of another Information Commissioner.
The State Chief Information Commissioner Mr. Motilal Keny in his order had ruled that the Goa Governor was a “Public Authority” and does come within the ambit of the Right to Information Act.
Adv. Aires Rodrigues’s complaint against Goa Governor Dr. Sidhu follows the stand taken by the Goa Raj Bhavan that the Governor was not a public authority and did not come within the purview of the RTI Act.
Adv. Aires Rodrigues had sought from Goa Raj Bhavan under the RTI Act details of action taken on his complaints to the Governor of Goa against the Advocate General of Goa Mr. Subodh Kantak. Adv. Rodrigues had also sought copies of noting sheets and correspondence pertaining to the processing of his complaints against the Advocate General.
With even the President of India complying with the RTI Act, Dr. S.S.Sidhu is India’s only Governor to have taken a stand that he is not a “Public Authority” and has refused to comply with the RTI Act.

2 comments:

Ebrahim-791 said...

Everytime we hear the hearing postponed to another date. Imagine if it was any other persons fighting this case, would the person in his capacity come aross such postponement regularly? Since Adv Aires is another lawyer he has to understand the school language of the court and has to abide by its teaching. Too many postponements, it has lost his shine and glamour.

Anonymous the VIII said...

This is what the common man faces with the Judiciary. Discipline should be instilled. But the, politicians play a big role in the selection of Judges themselves. The righteous and just ones are sidelined by crookish ways as seen in Goa.

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