Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today strongly objected to the short listing of National Congress Party (NCP) leader Nagesh Colvalkar for the post of Goa’s Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and State Information Commissioner (SIC).
Pointing out that Section 15 (6) of the Right to Information Act clearly mandates that the CIC and SIC should not be a person connected with any political party, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that Mr. Colvalkar has been associated with the National Congress Party (NCP) for many years, addressed its public meetings and has even headed the NCP’s legal cell.Alleging that the three member committee headed by the Chief Secretary which has short listed Colvalkar for the post of CIC as well as SIC had not done its home work, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that it was shocking to see that the committee recommended the name of a politician.
Adv. Rodrigues has stated that the committee by considering the name of Nagesh Colvalkar had committed a blatant violation of the mandatory injunction of the statute with clearly bars persons connected with any political party from being considered for the post of Information commissioner
Adv. Rodrigues has urged the Chief Minister to ensure that the selection of the CIC and SIC is strictly in accordance with law so that the Pandurang Nadkarni and Pradeep Padwal fiasco is not repeated.