Nadkarni withdraws from State Information Officer race
In a letter addressed to the Director of Information today Pandurang Nadkarni stated that he now at the age of 60 would like to have a peaceful retired life.
The name of Pandurang Nadkarni for the post of State Information Commissioner has been recommended by a committee headed by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar but the same has been strongly objected to by Adv. Aires Rodrigues who complained to Goa Governor B.V.Wanchoo that Nadkarni did not have the required knowledge and experience of law as required by Section 15 of the Right to Information Act.
Drawing the Governor’s attention that Section 15(5) of the Right to Information Act requires that the Information Commissioner should have wide knowledge and experience of law, Adv. Rodrigues stated that Nadkarni had no knowledge and experience of law whatsoever.
Adv. Aires Rodrigues today squarely blamed the Goa Government for selecting a person who did not have the fundamental requirement by way of knowledge of law to be the State Information Commissioner.
Adv. Rodrigues has further stated that he stood by every allegation that he has made about the educational and other qualifications of Pandurang Nadkarni as it was all based on documentary proof obtained under the Right to Information Act.
Adv. Rodrigues has today strongly reiterated that there should be no political interference whatsoever in the selection and working of the State Information Commission and the Lokayukta which is proposed to be set up.