The Raj Bhavan is not a legal entity and certainly not a public authority, the governor's secretary, Rupesh Kumar Thakur, stated in a 15-page affidavit submitted to the Goa State Information Commission (GSIC).
A copy of the affidavit is with PTI.
The governor, not being a public authority, cannot be compelled or directed by the state information commission to appoint a Public Information Officer (PIO), Thakur stated.
The GSIC has fixed the matter for final arguments on July 26.
Rodrigues had filed a complaint against the Raj Bhavan recently under the RTI Act, saying that despite being a "public authority", the Goa Raj Bhavan has not appointed a PIO so far.
Thakur stated that the governor is the appointing authority of the state information commissioners and is also vested with the power to recommend their removal.
Merely because some other governor houses have appointed PIOs does not mean that the Goa Raj Bhavan is bound or compelled by law to do so, Thakur said.
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