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NGPDA issues notice AG

North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA) has issued a notice to Advocate General of Goa Atmaram Nadkarni directing him to remain present on 4th December at 3.30 pm for a site inspection of his alleged illegal construction activity on 18th June Road in Panaji.

The NGPDA’s notice to the Advocate General follows a complaint filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues on the illegalities by Atmaram Nadkarni in the renovation of three floors in Durga Chambers next to Baron Showroom on 18th June Road bought by him for setting up his new office.

Interestingly the NGPDA has had to issue notice to Atmaram Nadkarni who is also their Senior legal counsel. Surprisingly the Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) which is just 200 mts way form the alleged illegal construction is yet to take action against the illegality.

Adv. Aires Rodrigues in his complaint had demanded that the CCP and NGDPA immediately inspect the construction activity going on in the building to ascertain whether it was being carried out in conformity with the rules and the permissions issued.

Stating that nobody is above the law, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that it was imperative that persons in high positions lead by example in ensuring that they strictly comply with the law of the land in letter and spirit.

Adv. Aires Rodrigues has accused NGPDA Chairman Michael Lobo of keeping in his private possession the file pertaining to Atmaram Nadkarni in order to prevent the contents of the file from being disclosed under the Right to Information Act. Adv. Rodrigues has alleged that as soon as he filed the complaint against Atmaram Nadkarni that Michael Lobo high-handedly took the file into his custody on the pretext that he wanted to study the file.

Adv. Rodrigues has reminded Michael Lobo that official files are not private property of any person and that the public has the right to access the same and the records have to be maintained in the office and could not be in the custody of the Chairman.

Adv. Rodrigues has accused the NGPDA of high-handedly processing Atmaram Nadkarni‘s request for renovation and change of use of the premises from residential to commercial within a record 72 hours. Does the law provide that just because the applicant is the Advocate General that his application is dealt with in such a swift manner, questioned Adv. Rodrigues.

Adv. Rodrigues has stated that the CCP and NGDPA should be given a free hand to probe the complaint filed by him by inspecting the construction activity and that the Advocate General Mr. Atmaram Nadkarni should not misuse his office to scuttle the law from taking its own course.

Adv. Rodrigues has also stated that if necessary, a retired High Court Judge could be appointed, as a one-man Commission, to enquire into the serious allegations against Atmaram Nadkarni and public hearings could be conducted for transparency, if the authorities fear the wrath of the Advocate General.

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