Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today strongly objected to the politically high-handed and manipulated selection of Sandesh Prabhudessai for the post of Goa’s State Information Commissioner (SIC).
Pointing out that Sandesh Prabhudessai had himself not even applied for the post, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that the recommendation letter sent by Dr Oscar Rebello with the biodata was surprisingly silent on Sandesh Prabhudessai’s educational qualifications.
Adv. Rodrigues has stated that the advertisement issued on 4th May being for the post of Chief Information Commissioner and only one State Information Commissioner, the government could not now travel beyond in trying to high handedly appoint one extra SIC and that too with a vested interest.
Recalling that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in the last session of the Goa Legislative Assembly had called upon thick skinned people to apply for the post of SIC, Adv. Rodrigues has expressed confidence that Sandesh Prabhudessai’s illegal and malafied selection would not stand the test of law.
Adv. Rodrigues has further stated that last week the Advocate General of Goa Atmaram Nadkarni had rightly argued in the High Court, that with any advertisement for one post, two appointments could not be made and that such an exercise was a fraud.
Adv. Rodrigues has accused Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of unnecessarily seeking to appoint an extra State Information Commissioner to accommodate Sandesh Prabhudessai in a plumb post at the cost of the State exchequer.
Pointing out that the Goa State Information Commission was currently officially notified as comprising on Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and one State Information Commissioner (SIC), Adv Rodrigues has stated that a post for an extra State Information Commissioner had to be duly notified after following the due process of law.
Stating that Information Commission of big states like Maharashtra and Karnataka have only four and five State Information commissioners respectively, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that the Goa State Information Commission could be ably managed with a CIC and one SIC, while the backlog of pending cases could be cleared in about three months.
Adv. Rodrigues has stated that it was an irony that this government after having allowed the State Information Commission to be dysfunctional for over a year was now eagerly wanting to appoint one extra Information Commissioner.
Stating that the salary and benefits of the State Information Commissioner are on par with the Chief Secretary, Adv. Rodrigues has expressed concern that by appointing an additional Information Commissioner the government would unnecessary incur a huge financial burden for five years as the process to remove an Information Commissioner is very cumbersome.