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HC Issues Notices to Govt on GPSC Chairman Appointment


A Division bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa comprising of Justice F.M.Reis and Justice U.V.Bakre today directed that notice be issued to the Goa Government on the Public Interest Litigation petition filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues challenging the appointment of Kurupati Dwarkanath Row, a relative of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar as the Chairman of Goa Public Service Commission (GPSC). The Court today directed the Government to file its reply by June 28thand adjourned the hearing of the petition to July 5th.

Alleging that the  appointment of Kurupati Dwarkanath Row as Chairman of GPSC was unconstitutional and  illegal,  Adv. Aires Rodrigues today argued before the Court that the appointment was arbitrarily there being no system for selection, without any selection committee, with no criteria or evaluation and without any transparency.

Adv. Rodrigues further submitted that  Kurupati Dwarkanath Row,  a relative of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was appointed as Chairman of the GPSC solely on the recommendation of the Chief Minister, in a very arbitrary and malafide manner, to favour his own relative.

Adv. Rodrigues pointed out to the Court that a note was moved by the Personnel department at the Secretariat on 27th February this year that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had recommended and suggested the name of Kurapati Dwarakanath Row for the post of Chairman of Goa Public Service Commission. Adv. Rodrigues submitted that the note was approved by the Under Secretary, Additional Secretary, Chief Secretary, Chief Minister and the cabinet on the same day. The Chief Minister on the next day sent the file for the Governor’s approval. With Governor B. V. Wanchoo giving his approval on the very following day, the Personnel department swiftly issued the notification on 4th   March appointing Kurapati Dwarakanath Row as the Chairman of the Goa State Public Service Commission. Coincidentally 4th March was Kurapati Dwarakanath Row’s birthday.

Adv. Rodrigues also drew the attention of the Court that that under Article 316 (1) of the Constitution of India, the minimum requirement for the Chairman of GPSC was experience of ten years under the Govt of India or the State Govt, but that the experience of Kurupati Dwarkanath Row was with a Govt company Air India, and not experience under the State Govt or the Govt of India as was required.

Adv. Aires Rodrigues has in his petition also given the High Court complete details as to how Kurupati Dwarkanath Row was related to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Seeking that the appointment of Kurupati Dwarkanath Row as Chairman of GPSC be quashed and set aside as it was grossly malafide and a fraud on the Constitution of India, Adv. Rodrigues has alleged that the selection was not an informed process of decision-making  in as much as the State Government had not collected information and material on whether Kurupati Dwarkanath Row had the experience, ability and character to be appointed as the Chairman of GPSC. 

Adv. Rodrigues has further submitted that for extraneous considerations the appointment was hurriedly made merely on the recommendation of the Chief Minister, while throwing to the wind all norms and guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court of India for the appointment to such a high Constitutional post of Chairman of the Public Service Commission.

Adv. Rodrigues has also submitted  that the Government did not consider any other name besides Kurapati Dwarakanath Row for the post of GPSC Chairman and that neither was a back ground check conducted on the antecedents of Kurapati Dwarakanath Row a former staff of Air India.


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