Social activist Aires Rodrigues who has taken up the issue of misconduct by Advocate General of Goa Subodh Kantak pointed out that despite a High Court directive, the inquiry into the Advocate General’s conduct has commenced since the last five months.
The enquiry is still pending as the Law Secretary and Home Secretary cannot decide on who should conduct the enquiry, revealed Rodrigues.
He pointed out that the High Court on 29th October had asked the Chief Secretary to look into the professional misconduct by the Advocate General as he had appeared for a private party against the government before the High Court.
Chief Secretary on 30th November directed Law Secretary Pramod Kamat and Special Secretary (Home) Rajeev Verma to examine the complaint of misconduct against the Advocate General and submit a report by 2nd December.
The Law Secretary in his report dated 1st December stated that it would not be proper for him to submit a report on the Advocate General as he was ranked lower than the Advocate General, who he said was the Constitutional Head of the State and suggested that the Home Secretary submit the report.
However, the Special Secretary (Home) noted that since the appointment of the Advocate General was done by the Law Department, the Law Secretary was the apt authority to conduct the inquiry.
Since then, the file has been moving between the offices of the Chief Minister, Chief Secretary, Law Secretary and Special Secretary (Home) with no decision being taken.
Aires Rodrigues termed this delay as nothing but a strategy adopted by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to shield the misdeeds of the Advocate General.
He has also questioned the Law Secretary Pramod Kamat’s contention that the Advocate General is a constitutional head of the State particularly since Pramod Kamat is an Additional Sessions Judge on deputation to the Goa Government as a Law Secretary.
The inquiry into the Advocate General’s conduct was called for after Aires Rodrigues had complained to the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court that Subodh Kantak had represented a private company Primeslots Events Pvt. Ltd in Writ Petition No. 365/2010 where the State of Goa was a party and therefore argued that there was a conflict of interest.