Panaji: After facing a series of allegations, Goa`s veteran educationist PR Nadkarni, who has been selected as Information Commissioner, has decided not to accept the job accusing media of putting him on trial.
"I have no interest in the appointment and I have decided not to accept the post (of Information Commissioner)," Nadkarni, a veteran educationist, said here on Friday evening.
"There is a hue and cry in the media over my suitability for the post. There have been deliberate attempts to malign my image and reputation of last several decades.
"Unfortunately a media trial has been started subjecting me to mental torture and harassment," he said in a letter to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
Goa government had advertised about the assignment and Nadkarni was selected among three people shortlisted for the post, created under Right to Information Act. A three-member committee headed by the Chief Minister made the selection and Nadkarni`s formal appointment by the Governor was pending.
Nadkarni`s selection drew criticism from social activist Aires Rodrigues, who questioned his eligibility to handle such a post on ground that he had no knowledge of law.
He also pointed out that Nadkarni had failed in Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination and had to reappear in 70s.
However, the Chief Minister insisted that the entire selection process was transparent and objections raised by Rodrigues were irrelevant.
Defending Nadkarni, he said "No respectable human being would stand such humiliation," referring to Rodrigues allegations which received wide media coverage in the state.
Parrikar said all required procedures were followed in selecting Nadkarni.
“Henceforth, I have decided to keep myself away from selection process of Information Commissioner."
If Nadkarni decides not to take up the job, Goa will have to wait for another 3-4 months to get a new Information Commissioner as the entire selection process will have to be re-done, the Chief Minister said.
Asked about the points raised by Rodrigues in Nadkarni`s bio-data, he said, "Nowhere it is written that an Information Commissioner should clear SSC exam in the first attempt. It is also not required that he should be first class in studies."