Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today demanded that an F.I.R be registered against Mr. Raymond Filipe Fernandes son of Goa’s Deputy Speaker Isidore Fernandes who was last month selected for the post of Awal Karkun (AK) by the North Goa Collectorate after submitting a forged and fabricated BA degree.
In a complaint filed with the Chief Secretary today Adv. Rodrigues has sought that the North Goa Collector be directed to forthwith file an F.I.R against Raymond Fernandes in terms of Section 471 of the Indian Penal Code as it is a cognizable offence for whoever fraudulently or dishonestly uses as genuine any document which he knows or has reason to believe to be a forged document.
Pointing out that along with his application for the Awal Karkun’s post Raymond Fernandes had submitted a degree certificate from Lucknow based Bhartiya Shiksha Parishad that he had done his Bachelor of Arts in 2007, Adv. Rodrigues in his complaint has stated that according to the University Grants Commission (UGC) the Bhartiya Shiksha Parishad in Lucknow is unrecognized and functioning in violation of Section 2(f) and Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956.
Stating that the degree certificate submitted by Raymond Fernandes was knowing very well that it was forged and fabricated, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that stringent action in this matter would send a strong and deterrent message to those venturing to hoodwink the authorities by submitting forged and fabricated educational documents.
Adv. Rodrigues has also requested the Chief Secretary to direct all heads of departments to have a very robust mechanism in place to check the authenticity of educational and other certificates submitted by candidates aspiring for government jobs.
Adv. Rodrigues has further stated that as government employees are paid by the State Exchequer, the public is entitled to have the best and brightest to serve them.
Pointing out that any political interference and manipulation in the selection of government employees was unacceptable it being very unlawful, Adv. Rodrigues in his complaint to the Chief Secretary has stated that Ministers and MLAs should have no say whatsoever in the recruitment process and it should be left to the heads of the concerned departments to select their required manpower absolutely on merit.