A Division Bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa comprising of Justice F.M.Reis and Justice U.V.Bakre today adjourned by four weeks hearing on the application moved by Adv. Aires Rodrigues seeking an early final hearing of the petition filed by the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) against the Right to Information Act.
Interestingly Dr Shekhar Salkar now GCA Senior Vice President was earlier highly critical of then GCA President Dayanand Narvekar for refusing to comply with the Right to Information Act. Dr Salkar had then sought various information from GCA under the RTI Act.
The GCA headed by Dayanand Narvekar had challenged before the High Court the order of the Goa State Information Commission which had ruled that the GCA comes under the ambit of the Right to Information Act.
The State Chief Information Commissioner Motilal Keny had in a 23page landmark judgment directed the Goa Cricket Information to furnish Adv. Aires Rodrigues the information sought by him on the fees paid by the GCA to its Advocate Subodh Kantak.
After Adv. Aires Rodrigues sought information from the Goa Cricket Association on the fees paid to Adv. Subodh Kantak, the Goa Cricket Association took a stand that it did not come under the purview of the RTI Act.
The Goa Cricket Association claimed that the Right to Information Act was not applicable to it as it had not received any financial or other assistance from the Goa Government or the Sports Authority of Goa.
However Adv. Aires Rodrigues submitted to the Information Commission documentary proof to the effect that the Goa Government had granted to the Goa Cricket Association on a 99 year lease land admeasuring 1,30,328 sq meters at Tivim for the construction of a cricket stadium at a nominal rent of Rs 50,000/- per year.
Adv. Rodrigues also submitted evidence that the Sports Authority of Goa had also given the Goa Cricket Association various financial and other assistance.
Like the Goa Cricket Association the Gujarat Cricket Association which is headed by Chief Minister Narendra Modi has also been refusing to divulge information sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
However the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), and the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) who like GCA are all also affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have not been objecting