Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today filed an application under the RTI Act seeking immediate inspection of the inward and outward registers of the Raj Bhavan for the period from November 3rd 2019 to August 18th 2020 which pertains to the tenure when Satya Pal Malik was Governor of Goa.
In response to the application of Adv. Aires Rodrigues seeking copies of all the official letters written by Governor Malik to Prime Minister and Home Minister during his tenure, the Public Information Officer (PIO) at the Raj Bhavan last month had informed Adv. Rodrigues that the information sought by him was searched but is not available in the files and records of the Raj Bhavan.
The Raj Bhavan further informed Adv. Rodrigues that there is a system of the Governor directly writing to the higher authorities and that copies of such confidential and personal correspondence is not usually handed over to the Governor’s Secretariat.
Secretary to Goa Governor Mr. Mihir Vardhan who is the First Appellate Authority under the Right to Information Act is currently hearing the appeal filed by Adv. Rodrigues with the next hearing scheduled for December 16th .
Pointing out that the information sought by him very much exists at the Goa Raj Bhavan, Adv, Rodrigues in his appeal further submitted that if the letters sought by him were infact searched for and could not be found the PIO was duty bound to seek the assistance of former Goa Governor Satya Pal Malik.
Adv. Rodrigues in his appeal has also stated that the reply of the Raj Bhavan implies that there was no correspondence whatsoever from Governor Malik to the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister during his over nine month tenure in Goa which factually could not be true.