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Govt appointed Advocates refuses to reveal their Bio-Data in RTI


High Court Government Advocate Dattaprasad Lawande and five other Additional Government Advocates Pankaj Vernekar, Shashank Narvekar, Pradosh Dangui, Kaif Noorani and Prachi Sawant who have been appointed on the recommendation of Advocate General Atmaram Nadkarni have objected to their bio-data being disclosed under the Right to Information Act.

Under Secretary Law has informed Adv. Aires Rodrigues that the six government advocates have objected to the disclosure of their biodata on the grounds that it was personal information. Adv. Rodrigues had under the Right to Information Act sought details of the six government advocates appointment in the High Court.

As per the file notings furnished to Adv. Aires Rodrigues the Advocate General Atnmaram Nadkarni had on 13th March 2012 moved a note recommending that the six be appointed as Government advocates in the High Court. Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava however in his noting stated that the biodata of the six advocates be placed on record before their appointment letters are issued.

It may be recalled that acting on a petition filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues the Goa State Chief Information Commissioner on March 17th last year had ruled that the Advocate General of Goa was a “Public Authority” and did come within the purview of the Right to Information Act.

The State Information Commission had directed the Chief Secretary of Goa to appoint a Public Information Officer for the office of the Advocate General and to also comply with Sec 4 of the Right to Information act by displaying all information pertaining to the Advocate General’s office on the official website. These orders of the State Information Commission are yet to be complied with.

The State Information Commission had issued those directives after then Advocate General Subodh Kantak had argued that the Advocate General was not a “Public Authority” and did not come within the purview of the RTI Act.


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