Pointing out that the Advocate General Atmaram Nadkarni had made a solemn statement before the High Court yesterday that Dr Pradeep Padwal had resigned on Sept 13th after the Supreme Court verdict, Adv. Rodrigues has expressed surprise to the statement made later by the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar yesterday that he had neither received nor accepted the resignation of Dr Pradeep Padwal and that Dr Padwal continues to be the State Information Commissioner.
Adv. Rodrigues has in his notice stated that it was very necessary that the Goa Government forthwith ensures that the statement made by the Advocate General was honoured by ensuring that the resignation of Dr Padwal is immediately accepted to ensure that proceedings before the High Court are not made a farce.
Pointing out that his petition challenging the appointment of Dr Padwal was disposed yesterday based on the solemn statement made by the Advocate General, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that the statement by the Chief Minister was malafide and amounts to Contempt of the High Court.
Adv. Rodrigues has also stated that if the statement of the Advocate General was a clear planned ploy to mislead and misrepresent to the
High Court it would also be a flagrant and brazen Contempt of Court.
Stating that Dr Padwal had rightly tendered his resignation on September 13th and that since then he has not stepped in the Office of the State Information Commission, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that since the State Information Commissioner is appointed by the Governor, the resignation has to be accepted only by the Governor with the Chief Minister having no role.
Stating that he would be compelled to initiate contempt of Court proceedings if Dr Padwal’s resignation is not accepted in 24 hours, Adv. Rodrigues has pointed out that Dr Padwal’s appointment was challenged on the grounds that he did not have any knowledge and experience of law and did not also have the required High Eminence in public life as a Vigilance complaint is still pending against him with the Goa government.