Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today stated that P.R.Nadkarni had intentionally misrepresented his bio-data while concealing vital information that would establish that he did not possess the high eminence required as per the RTI Act for the post of SIC.
Adv. Rodrigues has stated that P.R.Nadkarni in his bio-data had falsely stated that he was a member on the Local Managing committee of S.S.Dempo College of Commerce and Economics from 1996 to date and that he also currently was a Member of the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Board.
Adv. Rodrigues has also alleged that Nadkarni had intentionally not disclosed the number of attempts it took him to clear his SSC from Holy Cross Institute, Quepem where he had done his schooling.
Stating that Section 15 (6) of the Right to Information Act requires that the State Information Commissioner shall not be connected with any political party, Adv. Rodrigues has alleged that P.R. Nadkarni had in his application not disclosed his close association with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party though it is required that the person appointed as SIC be intrinsically unbiased in all ways.
Stating that P.R.Nadkarni had also resigned from his current job as Director of Manipal Academy of Health & Education before applying for the post of State Information Commissioner, Adv. Rodrigues has alleged that this plumb posting carrying a salary of over Rs1, 20, 00 a month is sought to be given to Pandurang Nadkarni by the Chief Minister as a trade off on the MOI issue. Pandurang Nadkarni who is a prominent leader of Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) was the petitioner in the MOI petition before the Bombay High Court.
Reiterating that it was now abundantly clear that the recommendation of P.R. Nadkarni’s name for the post of Information Commissioner was politically motivated and based on nepotism rather than merit, Adv. Rodrigues has demanded that, as required by law, only a highly competent person with knowledge and experience of law be appointed as the Information Commissioner.
Adv. Rodrigues has stated that the State Information Commissioner being a quasi-judicial authority, it would be impossible for a person without knowledge and experience of law to function in the position.