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PIO Appointment, A Mistake: Guv

Additional Solicitor General Vivek Tankha representing Governor of Goa Dr. S S Sidhu’s office on Tuesday pleaded that the appointment of a Public Information Officer in the Governor’ office was a mistake.

He argued that the President of India, Governor, Chief Justice and Speaker were not public authority and therefore did not come within the purview of the Right to Information Act.

Tankha argued for over four hours and claimed that appointing a PIO in the Governor’s office was a mistake and did not in any way endorse that the Governor was a public authority.

Adv. Aires Rodrigues gave the details of his complaint he had lodged with the Governor against Advocate General Subodh Kantak after the Division Bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa comprising of Justice D G Karnik and Justice F M Reis asked him for it.

He pointed out the double and excessive bills submitted by the Advocate General and particularly drew the Court’s attention to the Saleli case where the Advocate General appeared for 120 bail application and though the applications were argued commonly, billed the government 120 times at the rate of Rs. 8,000/- per bail application.

The High Court is hearing the petition filed by Special Secretary to Governor Dr. N Radhakrishnan challenging the 31st March 2011 order of the Goa State Information Commission that had directed the Raj Bhavan to furnish the information sought by Adv. Rodrigues.

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