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Forum for retired HC judge as information commissioner

The Goa People’s Forum (GPF), a social organisation on Thursday wrote to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in the light of the latest “expectation” of the Supreme Court with regard to appointment of information commissioners demanding that the Goa government prefer “a person who is or has been a judge of a High Court for appointment.

The e-mailed letter further insisted that “the State Information Commission should sit in benches comprising a judicial member and an expert member to decide any case under the transparency law.”

Convenor of GPF Satish Sonak, in his letter, sought a public clarification from him whether he would take steps to take up the matter with the Union Government, requesting it to make amendments in the matter of requisite qualifications for information commissioners in the light of the Supreme Court verdict.

He said that the recently appointed member of the State Information Commission, who was not from judicial background, had resigned following the Supreme Court verdict of Thursday.

He sought to know from the Chief Minister whether he would, without awaiting further amendments to relevant law, promise that the State government would appoint only a person possessing a degree in law, having a judicially trained mind and experience in performing judicial functions, and or law officer or a lawyer provided he was a person who had practiced law at least for 20 years as on the date of the advertisement, and who also had experience in social work as Chief Commissioner/State Commissioner.

Right to information activist Aires Rodrigues on Friday cautioned the Chief Minister not to repeat, while appointing the Lokayukta, the “blunders” he had committed in the selection of the State Information Commissioner.

Hailing Friday’s verdict of the Supreme Court as a victory for the Right to Information Act, the activist lawyer, who had challenged the appointment of Pradeep Padwal as Goa State Information Commissioner on the grounds of “lack of legal knowledge”, demanded that the Goa government expedite the appointment of the State Chief Information Commissioner and State Information Commissioner in accordance with the directives of the Supreme Court.

Demand

He demanded that all cases which were heard by Mr. Padwal during his month-long tenure as Information Commissioner be now re-heard.



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