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Goa: GCA claims RTI act not applicable for them

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GCA claims RTI act not applicable for them

 

AS reported in Digital Goa, Panaji, August 23 2010

 

 

 

Governing body of the Cricket activities in the Goa and one of the financial sound sports bodies in the state the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) has claimed that it does not come under the purview of the Right to Information Act.

 

 

Adv. Aires Rodrigues had sought information from the Goa Cricket Association including details of fees paid to Mr. Subodh Kantak who has been the legal counsel for the Goa Cricket Association.

 

 

Declining to furnish the information sought by Rodrigues under the RTI, the Goa Cricket Association Secretary Mr. Prasad Phaterpekar has stated that the Goa Cricket Association has not received any financial assistance from the Goa Government or Sports Authority of Goa.

 

 

The Goa Cricket Association Secretary has further stated that the Goa Cricket Association is not registered with the Sports Authority of Goa and that RTI Act is not applicable to the Goa Cricket Association.

 

 

Not satisfied with the Goa Cricket Association‘s explanation, Adv. Rodrigues sought information from the Sports Authority of Goa and the Directorate of Sports on the financial aid and other government assistance given to Goa Cricket Association.

 

 

The Directorate of Sports has informed Adv. Rodrigues that the department has leased land admeasuring 1, 30,328 sq mts at Tivim to the Goa Cricket Association for construction of International Cricket association.

 

 

The land has been leased to the Goa Cricket Association for a period of 99 years for a nominal rent of Rs 50,000/- per annum.

The Sports Authority of Goa has informed Adv. Rodrigues that Rs 50 lakhs by way of financial assistance was given to the Goa Cricket association in the year 2000.

 

 

Rodrigues has also been informed that the amount was however refunded back by the Goa Cricket Association in 2003 but that the Goa Cricket Association has till date not refunded back the interest due of Rs 10, 330, 42/- despite being sent constant reminders.

Rodrigues has stated that he would challenge before the appropriate authority the order of the Goa Cricket Association refusing to furnish him information under the RTI Act.

 

 

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RTI Activist To Challenge Order Before Appropriate Authority

As reported in the The Times of India, Goa - City Aug 24, 2010

 

PANAJI: The Goa Cricket Association (GCA), in a letter to the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) Panaji, has said that it does not come under the purview of the Right to Information Act.

 

GCA secretary Prasad Phaterpekar in a letter to the public information officer (PIO) of SAG wrote on August 12 that, "Government is not a member of Goa Cricket Association. No financial assistance is given by the government of Goa or the Sports Authority of Goa to meet any expenditure of the association. Cricket activities of the association are not controlled by the Sports Authority of Goa. Goa Cricket Association is not controlled financially, functionally or administratively by the Sports Authority of Goa or the government of Goa".

 

In the letter it was further said, "It is therefore not a sports association or sports club registered with Sports Authority of Goa.

 

In the circumstances Right to Information Act, 2005 or the guidelines pertaining to RTI Act, 2005 published in the official gazette are not attracted and are not applicable to Goa Cricket Association".

 

This was in response to a letter sent to GCA on July 16 by SAG PIO in which it was written that social activist Aires Rodrigues has sought information under RTI from SAG and as the subject matter closely pertains to GCA, the application is forwarded to GCA within the provisions of Section 6(3) of the RTI Act with request to provide the information to him. Rodrigues had sought information from the GCA regarding the minutes of all executive committee meetings of GCA from the year 1999 to date as well as minutes of general body and special general body and annual general body meetings of GCA. He also sought information on the audited statement of accounts of GCA and the current list of ordinary members of GCA. Information was also sought on the total fees paid by GCA to Subodh Kantak, if he was ever appointed as the advocate or legal advisor for GCA.

 

Rodrigues has stated that he would challenge before the appropriate authority the order of the Goa Cricket Association refusing to furnish him information under the RTI Act. "GCA has sought financial aid and other government assistance. When you seek government's financial assistance, you automatically come under the purview of RTI", he said.

 

According to Rodrigues, through another RTI application to the Directorate of Sports, he had learnt that the department had leased land admeasuring 1,30,328 sq m at Tivim to the GCA for construction of International Cricket stadium. "The land has been leased to GCA for a period of 99 years for a nominal rent of ' 50,000 per annum. Under RTI I have learnt that ' 50 lakh by way of financial assistance was given to the GCA in the year 2000. Though the amount was refunded back by the GCA in 2003, it is yet to refund the interest due of ' 10,330,42 despite being sent constant reminders," added Rodrigues.

 

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RTI Activist To Challenge Order Before Appropriate Authority - Goa - City - The Times of India

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GSIC serves notice on GCA over refusal to furnish info under RTI

as reported in Time of India, PANAJI: TNN, Aug 27, 2010

 

The Goa State Information Commission has issued a notice to Goa Cricket Association (GCA) to appear before it in connection with a case of its refusal to furnish information sought under the Right to Information Act.

 

The GCA secretary has been asked to appear before the commission on September 3 at 10.30am.

 

As reported earlier, following an application filed by social activist Aires Rodrigues for information under RTI act on fees paid to their former lawyer Subhodh Kantak, the present advocate general, GCA took the stand that it doesn't come under the purview of RTI Act on the grounds that GCA has not received any financial or other assistance from the Goa government or sports Authority of Goa (SAG).

 

Disputing this, Rodrigues submitted documentary proof to the commission to the effect that the Goa government has granted a 99 year lease to GCA of land admeasuring 1,30,328 sq m at Tivim for the construction of a cricket stadium at a nominal rent of ` 50,000 per year.

 

Besides, it was also brought to the noticeof the commission that GCA is a member of the general body of SAG and governing council of SAG.

 

He also pointed out that the Goa government had in the official gazette dated 8 July 2010 notified that all sports organizations and state sports associations recognized by SAG would be covered under the RTI Act and were required to furnish information sought.

 

Rodrigues in his complaint has further stated that SAG had also granted GCA financial assistance of ` 50 lakh in the year 2000 and that though the principle amount was repaid in 2003, the interest amounting to ` 10, 33, 042 was not repaid.

 

Interestingly, when he raised the issue, GCA promptly paid the interest amount of ` 10,33,042 to SAG. However the SAG has directed GCA to pay within seven days, an amount of ` 8.40 lakh as interest on the interest amount for the period from 2003-2010.

 

 

Source : GSIC serves notice on GCA over refusal to furnish info under RTI - Goa - City - The Times of India

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SAG DIRECTS GCA TO COMPLY WITH RTI ACT

As reported in Digital Goa, Sep 1, 2010

 

 

 

Panaji, August 31- The Sports Authority of Goa has directed Goa Cricket Association headed by Goa’s former Law Minister Mr. Dayanand Narvekar to comply with the Right to Information Act and furnish information requested by Adv. Aires Rodrigues.

 

 

The Goa Cricket Association had declined to furnish information sought by Aires Rodrigues on the fees paid to its lawyer Mr. Subodh Kantak while claiming that the Goa Cricket Association does not come within the purview of the RTI Act.

 

 

Responding to Goa Cricket Association’s claim that the RTI was not applicable to it, the Sports authority of Goa has in a letter to the Secretary of Goa Cricket Association last night stated that Sports Authority of Goa had been providing assistance to the Goa Cricket Association through various means such as sparing the services of coaches, sports infrastructure as and when it was requisitioned.

 

 

The Sports Authority of Goa has drawn the attention of Goa Cricket Association that it had also recently signed an M.O.U with Sports Authority of Goa on 27th July 2010 to book the Nehru Stadium at Fatorda for the ODI match scheduled for 24th October.

While stating that the Goa Cricket Association was a constituent member of the Sports Authority of Goa on its General body as well as the Governing Council, the Sports Authority of Goa has told the Goa Cricket Association that it was a Public Authority and did come within the purview of the RTI Act.

 

Stating that the Goa Cricket Association’s claim that it does not come under RTI does not hold good, the Sports Authority of Goa by its letter directed the Goa Cricket Association to abide by the Government guidelines that it does come under the RTI Act.

 

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As reported in digitalgoa.com on 31 August 2010:

DigitalGoa.com - Goa, Goa Breaking News, Goa Holidays, Goa Centric Portal, Goa Yellow Pages, Explore Goa, Goa News Headlines, Goa News, Goa Current Affairs, Goa Events

 

SAG Directs GCA to comply with RTI Act

 

Panaji, August 31- The Sports Authority of Goa has directed Goa Cricket Association headed by Goa’s former Law Minister Mr. Dayanand Narvekar to comply with the Right to Information Act and furnish information requested by Adv. Aires Rodrigues.

 

The Goa Cricket Association had declined to furnish information sought by Aires Rodrigues on the fees paid to its lawyer Mr. Subodh Kantak while claiming that the Goa Cricket Association does not come within the purview of the RTI Act.

 

Responding to Goa Cricket Association’s claim that the RTI was not applicable to it, the Sports authority of Goa has in a letter to the Secretary of Goa Cricket Association last night stated that Sports Authority of Goa had been providing assistance to the Goa Cricket Association through various means such as sparing the services of coaches, sports infrastructure as and when it was requisitioned.

 

The Sports Authority of Goa has drawn the attention of Goa Cricket Association that it had also recently signed an M.O.U with Sports Authority of Goa on 27th July 2010 to book the Nehru Stadium at Fatorda for the ODI match scheduled for 24th October.

 

While stating that the Goa Cricket Association was a constituent member of the Sports Authority of Goa on its General body as well as the Governing Council, the Sports Authority of Goa has told the Goa Cricket Association that it was a Public Authority and did come within the purview of the RTI Act.

 

Stating that the Goa Cricket Association’s claim that it does not come under RTI does not hold good, the Sports Authority of Goa by its letter directed the Goa Cricket Association to abide by the Government guidelines that it does come under the RTI Act.

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Arguments on plaint against GCA on Sept 17

as reported in Times of India, TNN, Sep 4, 2010

 

PANAJI: The Goa state chief information commissioner has fixed for September 17, the final arguments on a complaint filed by social activist Aires Rodrigues against the Goa Cricket Association, for refusing to furnish information sought under the Right to Information Act.

 

As directed by the Information Commission, GCA secretary Prasad Phaterpekar appeared before the commission on Friday. GCA sought two weeks time to file their reply.

 

The chief information commissioner directed GCA to give an advance copy of their reply to Rodrigues by September 15 and fixed the final arguments for September 17.

 

Rodrigues had sought information from GCA regarding fees paid to their lawyer Subodh Kantak, but GCA refused to give the information by taking a stand that it does not come under the purview of RTI.

 

Source : Arguments on plaint against GCA on Sept 17 - Goa - City - The Times of India

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As reported in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 18 September 2010:

Order on RTI applicability to GCA on Oct 1 - The Times of India

 

Order on RTI applicability to GCA on Oct 1

 

PANAJI: The Goa State Chief Information Commissioner on Thursday heard the final arguments on a complaint filed by social activist Aires Rodrigues against the Goa Cricket Association for its refusal to furnish information sought under the Right to Information Act (RTI). The matter has been now fixed for judgment on October 1.

 

Advocate Mahesh Sonak, appearing on behalf of GCA, argued that the GCA did not come under the purview of the RTI as it has not received any financial or other assistance from the Goa government or the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG).

 

However, Rodrigues contended that there was documentary proof on record to the effect that the Goa government has granted a 99-year lease of land admeasuring 1,30,328 sq m at Tivim at a nominal rent of 50,000 per year to the GCA for the construction of a cricket stadium. He also brought to the notice of the commissioner that the SAG, in 2000, had granted Rs 50 lakh to the GCA as financial assistance.

 

Rodrigues had sought information from the GCA regarding the minutes of all its executive committee meetings conducted from 1999 'to date', as well as minutes of the general body, special general body and annual general body meetings.

 

He also asked for information on GCA's audited statement of accounts and the current list of ordinary members. Information was also sought on the total fees paid by GCA to advocate Subodh Kantak, if he was ever appointed as its advocate or legal advisor.

 

Rodrigues has approached the Goa State Information Commission and submitted that the GCA is a state sports association which is recognized by the SAG and hence covered under the RTI Act. The complaint filed under Section 18(1) (b) of the RTI Act has prayed for directions to the GCA to furnish the information sought. 'The GCA is a public authority as defined in Section 2(h) of the RTI Act 2005. The GCA is a body which has been substantially financed directly or indirectly by the government of Goa," Rodrigues argued.

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GCA comes under RTI Act, rules GSCIC

As reported by TNN in Times of India, PANAJI: Oct 8, 2010

 

 

The Goa State Chief Information Commissioner (GSCIC) has ruled that the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) does come under the ambit of the Right to Information Act and has asked the GCA to furnish information sought by social activist Aires Rodrigues within 30 days.

 

Rodrigues had complained to the GSCIS against the GCA for its refusal to furnish information sought under the RTI Act after the cricketing body refused to furnish him information claiming that it did not come under the purview of the RTI Act as it had not received any financial or other assistance from the Goa government or the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG).

 

However, Rodrigues submitted documentary proof to the effect that the Goa government had granted a 99-year lease to GCA of land admeasuring 1,30,328 sq m at Tivim for the construction of a cricket stadium at a nominal rent of Rs 50,000 per year.

 

He also submitted evidence that SAG had granted GCA financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh in 2000.

 

 

Source : GCA comes under RTI Act, rules GSCIC - The Times of India

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Excellent work by Adv. Rodrigues. Such bodies will always try to argue out of RTI net. But if we prove that they have been substantially financed by government bodies, they will be bound to provide information and make their misdeeds public. Weldone.

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GCA moves High Court

AS reported in Central Chronicle, Panaji, Nov 9: November 2010, United News of India

 

Goa Cricket Association (GCA) has moved the Bombay High Court, challenging the order of the Goa State Information Commission which had ruled that the GCA comes under the ambit of the Right to Information Act.

 

The petition will come up for hearing before the vacation judge of the Bombay High Court at Goa Justice N A Britto on November 10.

 

On a complaint filed by Advocate Aires Rodrigues, the State Chief Information Commissioner Motilal Keny had on October 7 in a 23-page landmark order directed the Goa Cricket Assocation to furnish Advocate Rodrigues within 30 days the information sought by him on the fees paid by the GCA to its lawyer Subodh Kantak.

 

The State Chief Information Commissioner ruled that the government notification dated July 8, 2010 that sports organizations and Sports Associations recognized by Sports Authority of Goa are covered under the RTI Act was binding on the GCA.

 

After Advocate Rodrigues sought information from the GCA on the fees paid to their lawyer Mr Kantak, the cricket body which is headed by Goa’s former Law Minister Dayanand Narvekar took a stand that it does not come under the purview of the RTI Act.

 

Rodrigues, in a release here today, said the GCA claimed that the Right to Information Act was not applicable to it as it had not received any financial or other assistance from the Goa Government or the Sports Authority of Goa.

 

However, Rodrigues submitted documentary proof to the effect that the Goa Government had granted to the GCA on a 99-year-lease land admeasuring 1,30,328 sq meters at Tivim for the construction of a cricket stadium at a nominal rent of Rs 50,000/- per year.

Rodrigues also submitted evidence that the Sports Authority of Goa had also given GCA financial assistance of Rs 50 lakhs.

 

Rodrigues submitted further evidence to the effect that the Sports Authority of Goa was also paying the salaries of cricket coaches given to the GCA, the release added.

 

Source : Central Chronicle - Madhya Pradesh's News Portal

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GCA's petition against RTI adjourned by 3 weeks

as reported in Central Chronicle, November 10, 2010

 

United News of India

Panaji, Nov 10:

The Bombay High Court today adjourned by three weeks the petition filed by the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) against the order of the Goa State Information Commission, which had ruled that the cricket body comes under the ambit of the Right to Information Act.

Justice N A Britto directed that notice be issued to Advocate Aires Rodrigues in the matter.

Justice Britto also stayed the order of the State Information Commission till the next hearing. The petition will now come up for hearing before Justice A P Lavande.

On a complaint filed by Rodrigues, the State Chief Information Commissioner Motilal Keny had on October 7 in a 23-page landmark order directed GCA, to furnish Rodrigues within 30 days the information sought by him on the fees paid by the GCA to its lawyer Subodh Kantak.

The State Chief Information Commissioner ruled that the government notification dated July 8, 2010 that all sports organizations and Sports Associations recognized by Sports Authority of Goa are covered under the RTI Act.

After Rodrigues sought information from the GCA on the fees paid to their lawyer Subodh Kantak, the cricket body, which is headed by Dayanand Narvekar took a stand that it does not come under the purview of the RTI Act.

The GCA claimed that the RTI Act was not applicable to it as it had not received any financial or other assistance from the Goa Government or the Sports Authority of Goa.

 

However, Rodrigues submitted documentary proof to the effect that the Goa Government had granted to the GCA on a 99-year lease land admeasuring 1,30,328 sq meters at Tivim for the construction of a cricket stadium at a nominal rent of Rs 50,000/- per year.

Rodrigues also submitted evidence that the Sports Authority of Goa had also given the GCA financial assistance of Rs 50 lakhs.

 

He submitted further evidence to the effect that the Sports Authority of Goa was also paying the salaries of cricket coaches given to the Goa Cricket Association.

 

Source :

Central Chronicle - Madhya Pradesh's News Portal

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Reported by Marcus Mergulhao in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Jul 8, 2012

Goa Cricket Association faces RTI bouncer - The Times of India

 

PANAJI: The Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) has directed the Goa Cricket Association to furnish Adv. Aires Rodrigues the information sought by him under the Right to Information Act. All applications under RTI seeking information from any of the Sports Associations have to be routed through SAG.

 

Adv. Aires Rodrigues has sought details of the total amount paid by the Goa Cricket Association to Adv. Subodh Kantak by way of legal and other fees from the year 2000. Adv. Rodrigues has also sought copies of all the bills submitted by Adv. Subodh Kantak.

 

A decision will be taken by the new GCA managing committee to be elected on July 22.

 

The earlier committee headed by Mr. Dayanand Narvekar had refused to furnish any information under the RTI Act with a petition filed by GCA pending before the High Court.

 

Adv. Rodrigues has stated that like the GCA, the Gujarat Cricket Association had also been refusing to divulge information sought under the RTI Act.

 

Adv. Rodrigues has however stated that the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), and the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) who like GCA are all also affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI) have not been objecting to information being disclosed under RTI.

 

He also recalled that the Supreme Court last year upheld a Kerala high court decision holding that the officials of the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) were public servants in a case of corruption while holding that though KCA was a private body, its officials could be tried under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, which applies only to public servants.

 

Perhaps, this is what you call 'weight and watch'!

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Reported by Marcus Mergulhao in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Jul 14, 2012

Court to decide on GCA's RTI puzzle - The Times of India

 

PANAJI: A division bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa comprising of Justice FM Reis and Justice UV Bakre will next week hear an application moved by Adv. Aires Rodrigues seeking an early final hearing of the petition filed by the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) against the Right to Information Act.

 

The GCA has challenged before the High Court the order of the Goa State Information Commission which had ruled that the GCA comes under the ambit of the Right to Information Act.

 

The State Chief Information Commissioner Motilal Keny had in a 23 page landmark judgment directed the Goa Cricket Association to furnish Rodrigues the information sought by him on the fees paid by the GCA to its advocate Subodh Kantak.

 

Seeking an early hearing of the GCA's petition, Rodrigues has submitted to the High Court that the documents sought by him from the GCA under the Right to Information Act are required by him in the Rs 15 crore defamation case filed by Kantak against him.

 

After Rodrigues sought information from the GCA on the fees paid to Kantak, the GCA, which was then headed by Dayanand Narvekar, took a stand that it did not come under the purview of the RTI Act.

 

The GCA claimed that the RTI Act was not applicable to it as it had not received any financial or other assistance from the state government or the Sports Authority of Goa.

 

However Rodrigues submitted to the Information Commission documentary proof that the state government had granted to the GCA on a 99 year lease land admeasuring 1,30,328 sq meters at Tivim for the construction of a cricket stadium at a nominal rent of Rs 50,000 per year.

 

Rodrigues also submitted evidence that the SAG had given the GCA various financial and other assistance.

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Reported by Thehindu.com on July 14, 2012

The Hindu : NATIONAL / KARNATAKA :

 

Court issues this directive to Goa Government after hearing Aires Rodrigues

 

A Division Bench of the Bombay High Court in Goa comprising Justice F.M. Reis and Justice U.V. Bakre on Friday asked the Goa Government to make a statement within two weeks when the State Information Commission would be constituted.

 

The court was hearing a petition filed by the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) against the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

 

The court’s direction to the Government came after activist lawyer Aires Rodrigues on Friday brought to its notice that the State Information Commission had not been constituted in accordance with law. He told the court that the post of the State Information Commissioner had been vacant for the past one year and Chief Information Commissioner Motilal Keny was due to retire on July 27. As per the RTI Act, the State Information Commission has to be a multi-member body with the Chief Information Commissioner and at least one State Information Commissioner.

 

The GCA has challenged in the High Court the order of the Goa State Information Commission which had ruled that the GCA came under the ambit of the RTI Act.

 

In a landmark judgment, Mr. Keny had directed the GCA to furnish information sought by Mr. Rodrigues on the fees paid by it to advocate Subodh Kantak. After Mr. Rodrigues sought information from the GCA on the fees paid to Mr. Kantak, the GCA, which was then headed by Dayanand Narvekar, took a stand that it did not come under the purview of the RTI Act.

 

The GCA claimed that the RTI Act was not applicable to it as it had not received any financial or other assistance from the Goa Government or the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG).

 

However Mr. Rodrigues submitted to the commission documentary proof that the Goa Government had granted to the GCA a piece of land measuring 1,30,328 sq. mt. at Tivim in north Goa on lease for 99 years for construction of a cricket stadium at a nominal rent of Rs. 50,000 a year. He also submitted evidence that the SAG had also given the GCA financial and other assistance.

 

Like the GCA headed by Mr. Narvekar, the Gujarat Cricket Association, which is headed by Chief Minister Narendra Modi, had also been refusing to divulge information sought under the RTI Act, Mr. Rodrigues said.

 

However, the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), and the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) which were all also affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had not objected to information being disclosed under RTI, he said.

 

With Mr.Narvekar out of the GCA, the new committee of the association, which had promised to ensure transparency, was now also objecting to the RTI Act, Mr. Rodrigues said.

 

Charge

 

Meanwhile, Mr. Rodrigues accused Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of trying to appoint through backdoor Pandurang Nadkarni as State Information Commissioner. Mr. Rodrigues said that though the Chief Minister last month stated that the post of the State Information Commissioner would be re-advertised, the Government was yet to do it. The Government received a major setback after its nominee Mr. Nadkarni opted out of the race for the State Information Commissioner after he had to face adverse publicity over alleged discrepancies in his bio-data. He had denied any such discrepancies.

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      Currently, cases of Goa's viscera tests are being sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory at Vidhyanagari-Santa Cruz in Mumbai. Earlier, the these were sent to Hyderabad, where the large backlog is now visible.
       
      Foreigners' deaths, for obvious reasons, result in higher publicity. Nearly 32 of the 'viscera test pending' cases pertain to foreigners.
       
      Among the foreigners whose deaths are mostly still shrouded in mystery, due to viscera test pending status, are Maria Helstron, Richard Miler and Barbara Lane (October 2006), Den Ratliffo and Stuart Bell (February 2007), Frank Bringloc and Andrew White (March 2007), Olg Gorshkar, Joseph Yougert, James Elister, Bonny Dayhle, Aben Leonard, Maralin Bekwad, Sen Joseph, Otto Zizga, Has Jomsodi and Reic Harrison (all in Apr 2007).
       
      Other foreign cases involve Willhelmine Black, Denise Higgins and Berd Zerreben (June 2007), Alvdar Gaslin (July 2007), Flavia D'zulo and Brian Dowes (both September 2007), Karus Helmet (October 2007), and Weis F. Madas (December 2007).
       
      Likewise, cases of Evgeny Kuzmin, Gillian Frances Bell, Krister Lundh, Alexander Sokolov, Karl T. Milling, and Victor Pristavki (all six in Jan 2008) are among those whose names suggest a foreigner connection in the 'viscera report awaited' cases.
       
      Besides the above listed cases, the high-profile case of Scarlett Keeling, pending from March 18 this year, is the only one sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory at Vidyanagari in Mumbai.
       
      While the lack of testing facilities here is obviously delaying investigations in cases, some believe it is better to let the tests be carried out in central or out-of-state institutions to reduce the chances of results being manipulated locally.

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