RTI Activist demands amending Lokayukta Act to allow retired HC Judges
Pointing out that the current amended provision that only a retired Supreme Court Judge or a retired High Court Chief Justice can be appointed as the Lokayukta was improper, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that by allowing retired High Court Judges it would give the government a wider choice to select from a right and best suited person as the Lokayukta.
Cautioning the Goa Government not to repeat the earlier experiment in trying to scout for a Yes-man
Lokayukta, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that the Goa Government should this time not entrust the Chief Secretary with the task searching the Lokayukta but should request the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court and other High Courts to suggest names of appropriate retired High Court Judges who would be ready to take up the challenging job as Lokayukta of Goa.
Reiterating the need for having a strong and a non-partisan Lokayukta in Goa, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that a Yes-man toothless Lokayukta would not be able to arrest with an iron hand the rampant corruption and mal administration prevalent in the State.
On the appointment of the two State Information Commissioners Adv. Rodrigues has alleged that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had already handpicked his two persons for those posts and that the whole selection process was a stage managed eyewash.
Questioning the wisdom of the Goa Government in not uploading for public scrutiny on the Government website the biodata of all the 46 applicants for the two posts of State Information Commissioners, Adv, Rodrigues has stated that the selection should have been be free, fair, transparent and not vitiated by political inter meddling.
Pointing out that the RTI Act mandates that only persons with eminence in public life be appointed as Information Commissioners, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar would have to justify to the people of Goa what eminence the two persons hand-picked by him possess in comparison to the other 44 who had applied for the post.
Stating that the RTI Act was enacted to ensure transparency and accountability in public life, Adv. Rodrigues has alleged that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar by his various acts over the last 23 months had s proved himself doing everything possible to scuttle the RTI Act as various acts of omission and commission of this government were being exposed through information obtained under the RTI Act.