The Bombay High Court at Goa on Wednesday adjourned to 6th July the petition filed by Goa Governor Dr. S S Sidhu challenging the Goa State Information Commission order in a Right to Information Act matter.
When the court took up the matter, Advocate General Subodh Kantak sought time informing the division bench that the Solicitor General of India Gopal Subramaniam would be arguing the matter on behalf of the Governor.
However, Adv. Aires Rodrigues argued that the matter was urgent as Dr. Sidhu was the only Governor in the country not complying with the provisions of the Right to Information Act.
The Division Bench comprising of Justice Sharad Bobde and Justice Filomeno Reis while adjourning the matter for 6th July observed that the matter will be heard on that day irrespective of whether the Solicitor General can make it or not.
The Governor has challenged the Goa State Information Commission’s order holding his office to be a public authority and directing his office to furnish the information sought by Adv. Aires Rodrigues under the RTI Act.
Adv. Rodrigues had sought information pertaining to action taken by the Governor on his complaint regarding the conduct of Advocate General which was refused on grounds that the Governor’s office is not a public office.