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Legal Notice served on CS for State Information Commissioner Appointment

A legal notice has been today served on the Chief Secretary of Goa by Adv. Aires Rodrigues giving the Goa Government 48 hours to revoke the appointment of Dr. Pradeep Padwal as the State Information Commissioner.

In his notice Adv. Aires Rodrigues has demanded that the in public interest the illegal and high-handed appointment of Dr. Padwal as State Information Commissioner be revoked as it was not in accordance with the Right to Information Act.

Pointing out that Section 15(5) of the Right to Information Act requires that the Information Commissioner should have wide knowledge and experience of law, Adv. Rodrigues in his notice has alleged that Dr Padwal had no knowledge and experience in law whatsoever and also did not possess the eminence required for the position.

Stating that the State Information Commissioner would be drawing a salary equivalent to that of the Chief Secretary of around Rs 1,20,000 a month, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that it was important to ensure that the person appointed did not become a liability and embarrassment to the State for five long years.

Adv. Rodrigues has stated that the Right to Information Act being a vital evolving law it was imperative that the State Information Commissioner be a person with a very sound legal background as was rightly mandated in the RTI Act itself.

Adv. Rodrigues has further stated that State Information Commission needs to be totally free from political control or manipulation and be presided by persons of eminence and competence as required by the Right to Information Act.

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