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Guv not a public authority, cannot be compelled to appoint PIO: Raj Bhavan

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The is not a public authority and cannot be directed or compelled to appoint a under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the said today.

The 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 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 (PIO), Thakur stated.

The GSIC has fixed the matter for final arguments on July 26.

The submission was made by the governor's office in reply to a complaint filed by over the non-compliance of the RTI Act by the

Rodrigues had filed a complaint against the Raj Bhavan recently under the RTI Act, saying that despite being a "public authority", the Raj Bhavan has not appointed a PIO so far.

The Raj Bhavan's affidavit said the enjoys immunity under Article 361 of the Constitution of and is not answerable to any court.

Thakur stated that the is the appointing authority of the state information commissioners and is also vested with the power to recommend their removal.

He denied Rodrigue's claims that all other in the country have appointed

Merely because some other governor houses have appointed does not mean that the Goa Raj Bhavan is bound or compelled by law to do so, Thakur said.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 15:30 IST