02-08-2013 … A five member delegation led by Adv. Aires Rodrigues on Thursday called on Goa Governor B.V.Wanchoo at Raj Bhavan and submitted him a memorandum strongly objecting to the selection of Sandesh Prabhudessai for the post of State Information Commissioner
Drawing the Governor’s attention that Sandesh Prabhudessai had himself not even applied for the post, Adv. Rodrigues also told the Governor that the advertisement issued by the Goa Government on 4th May being was for the post of Chief Information Commissioner and only one State Information Commissioner that the government cannot now travel beyond in trying to high handedly appoint one extra SIC and that too with a vested interest.
Adv. Rodrigues also drew the attention of the Governor to the Supreme Court judgments which have held that if advertisement is for one post than more than one appointment cannot be made.
Adv. Rodrigues informed the Governor that Information Commission of big states like Maharashtra and Karnataka have only four and five State Information commissioners respectively, and that the Goa State Information Commission can be ably managed with a CIC and one SIC, while the backlog of pending cases could be cleared in about three months.