Bombay High Court at Goa today adjourned Governor S. S. Sidhu’s petition against the Right to Information Act for 6th May when the order on the hearing before admission will also be pronounced.
The Division Bench comprised Justice S. C. Dharmadhikari and Justice F. M. Reis.
Today also the Governor was represented by Adv. Mahesh Sonak and not the State Advocate General Subodh Kantak.
Adv. Aires Rodrigues stated that that there was an urgency in hearing the petition as the RTI Act which was enacted for transparency and accountability was sought to be violated by the constitutional head of the State.
Adv. Rodrigues further told the court that it was an irony that Goan politicians have been circumventing the anti-defection law while the State Governor was trying to find loopholes to dodge the Right to Information Act.
State Governor’s petition filed before the High Court challenged the order of the Goa State Information Commission which stated that Governor was a ‘Public Authority’ and comes within the ambit of the RTI Act and directed Raj Bhavan to furnish information sought by Adv. Aires Rodrigues within 30 days under the RTI Act.