The Goa Governor's Secretariat on Friday filed a petition before the Bombay High Court at Goa seeking a stay of the judgment passed by the High Court on November 14 and ruled that the Governor of Goa was a public authority and came within the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The petition will be heard on Monday by a Division Bench comprising Justice A.P. Lavande and Justice U.V. Bakre
In his petition, N. Radhakrishnan, Special Secretary to the Governor of Goa, has sought a stay of the High Court judgment as the Governor had decided to challenge it before the Supreme Court.
Mr. Radhakrishnan has submitted that if the judgment was not stayed, he would suffer grave loss and prejudice as the Goa Raj Bhavan would be compelled to furnish information sought under the RTI Act.
The petition follows a legal notice served earlier this week by activist lawyer Aires Rodrigues demanding that all the information sought by him through his 15 applications under the RTI Act, which were pending at the Raj Bhavan, be furnished to him within seven days.
In one of the applications, Mr. Rodrigues had sought from Goa Raj Bhavan under the RTI Act details of the action taken by the Governor on the complaints filed by him against Advocate-General Subodh Kantak.
He had sought copies of noting sheets and correspondence pertaining to the processing of his complaints against the Advocate-General.
The Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court on November 14 ruled that the Governor was a Public Authority coming within the ambit of the RTI Act and that the Public Information Officer at the Goa Raj Bhavan was duty bound to furnish information sought under the RTI Act.