Ruling that the Advocate General of Goa comes within the ambit of the Right To Information (RTI) Act, the State Information Commission (SIC) on Thursday directed the state Government to upload all information pertaining to the AG’s office on the official portal of the Government of Goa.
Chief Information Commissioner Motilal Kenny also directed state chief secretary Sanjay Shrivastava to appoint a public information officer (PIO) at AG’s office.
The directions follow a complaint filed by lawyer activist Aires Rodrigues against AG Subodh Kantak for not complying with the provisions of the RTI.
During the case hearing, Kantak had argued that the AG was not a “Public Authority” and does not come within the purview of the RTI Act.
Rodrigues had however challenged his argument by stating that the AG is a constitutional post and even enjoys cabinet status.
He had also brought to the notice of the SIC that Section 4 of the RTI Act required the AG to publish and make public within 120 days various information details about the AG’s office.
He further sought from the Commission that AG be penalized in terms of section 20 of the RTI Act for not complying with the provisions of the Act for over five years.