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RTI Activist now guns for newly appointed Law Commissioner

The Goa Law Commission now headed by State BJP General Secretary Adv. Narendra Sawaikar was hurriedly constituted without giving any reasons for its set up and with no terms of reference set out, alleges RTI activist Aires Rodrigues based on documents obtained from the Law department under the Right to Information Act.

According to the RTI documents Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar moved a note on 23rd May stating that the Goa Law Commission be immediately constituted with Adv. Narendra Sawaikar as Chairman and Adv. Joaquim D’Souza and Adv. Jayant Mulgaonkar as members. After the file was promptly cleared by the Law Secretary the following day, the appointment order was issued by the Law department on 28th May.

Interestingly the term of the Law Commission headed by Adv. Narendra Sawaikar has also not been fixed with the order stating that it is until further orders. By a separate order the government accorded Adv. Narendra Sawaikar with rank and status of a cabinet Minister.

“The Chief Minister’s note did not state as to why the three had been selected and neither gives details of their legal proficiency. There was also no note from the Law department on any need for a Law Commission to be set up,” Rodrigues alleges.

Interestingly Adv. Jayant Mulgaonkar and Nuvem based Adv. Joaquim D’Souza who had joined the BJP on the eve of the last Assembly elections are both much more Senior in the legal profession compared to Chairman Adv. Narendra Sawaikar who passed his Law degree only in 1994.

Rodrigues alleges that it was very obvious that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had appointed a BJP Law Commission and not a Goa Law Commission.

Stating that the esteemed office of the Law Commission has always to be a non-partisan body, Rodrigues has accused Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of having alike the previous government appointed an active politician as Chairman which was highly objectionable and against all set norms.

Stating that every State Law commissions in the country except Maharashtra have always been headed by either a retired High Court or Supreme Court judge, Adv. Rodrigues has lamented that Parrikar for reasons known to all chose to politically accommodate with cabinet status  Narendra Sawaikar with an eye to facilitate him to re-contest the South Goa Parliamentary elections in 2014

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