RTI Case: HC stays Info Commissioner's order on Governor's report

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Panaji, Aug 6 (UNI) The debate whether Goa Governor S C Jamir's confidential report to the Centre on political developments in the state come under the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act for public disclosure or not, has now reached the Bombay High Court in Panjim.

Admitting an appeal against the State Information Commission's order, the court's single judge bench of Justice N Britto yesterday stayed the order, directing the joint secretary to the Governor of Goa to supply information related to the Governor's report to the Centre pertaining to political crisis between July 24 and August 14, 2007, to the Opposition leader Manohar Parrikar.

The court also served notices to the respondents Mr Parrikar and the Goa Information Commissioner in this regard. The appeal against the order was filed by Dr N Radhakrishnan, Public Information Officer, who is also joint secretary to the Governor of Goa.

Advocate General Subodh Kantak, pleading on behalf of the petitioner, told the court that the petition raised the issue whether the Governor's office was a public authority as defined under the RTI Act for disclosing reports of confidential nature between the Governor and the Centre.

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