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RTI activist alleges SIC Resignation Letter missing in Secretariat

The resignation letter submitted by State Information Commissioner Dr Pradeep Padwal to the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on September 13th evening went missing at the Secretariat. Dr Padwal had submitted his resignation to the Chief Minister on 13th September after having a meeting with Advocate General Atmaram Nadkarni.

As the resignation letter could not be traced Dr Padwal was this week asked to submit another copy of the resignation letter dated 13th September which after being processed by the Department of Information and Secretary Information has today been sent to the Chief Minister. The resignation would have to be formally accepted by the Governor as he is the appointing authority.

Reminding Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar that he had promised the people of Goa an honest and transparent administration, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that it was appalling that the Chief Minister had tried to cover up on Dr. Padwal’s resignation by making a statement on September 26th that he had not received the resignation though it was personally handed over to him on 13th September.

Adv. Rodrigues has stated that it was surprising that the resignation letter of Dr Pradeep Padwal went missing at the Secretariat.     

Recalling that Advocate General Atmaram Nadkarni had on September 26th made a statement before the High Court that Dr Pradeep Padwal had resigned, Adv. Rodrigues has stated the Advocate General would now have to disclose his source of information that Dr Padwal had resigned.

Demanding that the Lokayukta and the Information Commission should be totally free from any political interference or manipulation, Adv. Rodrigues has vowed that any meddling by the Chief Minister in the working of these two institutions would be opposed tooth and nail.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had initially selected educationist Pandurang Nadkarni as the State Information Commissioner but after it was publicly revealed that he had passed SSC only after multiple attempts, Nadkarni himself backed out from the race for State Information Commissioner. 

The Goa government then by an order issued on 19th July appointed Dr Pradeep Padwal. He took over as State Information Commissioner on August 10 after being administered the oath. His appointment was however challenged before the Bombay High Court by Adv. Aires Rodrigues on the grounds that Dr Padwal did not have any knowledge and experience of law and did not have the required High Eminence in public life as a Vigilance case was still pending against him.

Dr Padwal however resigned on September 13th after the Supreme Court ruled that Information Commissioners should have a judicial background. The Bombay High Court at Goa on September 26th disposed the petition against Dr Padwal after the Advocate General of Goa informed the Court that Dr Padwal had already resigned as State Information Commissioner

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