Goa govt op­poses PIL ask­ing about CM’s health

The Asian Age - - Nation -

Panaji, Dec. 8: Cit­ing the fun­da­men­tal right to pri­vacy, the Goa gov­ern­ment has op­posed a plea seek­ing the high court’s di­rec­tion to the state ad­min­is­tra­tion to de­clare the health sta­tus of chief minister Manohar Par­rikar.

In an af­fi­davit filed be­fore Jus­tice R. M. Borde of the Goa bench of the high court on Fri­day, state chief sec­re­tary Dhar­men­dra Sharma ques­tioned the main­tain­abil­ity of the pe­ti­tion filed by ac­tivist Tra­jano D’Mello a month ago.

“Like any other per­son who may not oc­cupy pub­lic of­fice has a right to not dis­close his health prob­lems to the pub­lic. If a per­son is di­rected to dis­close his health ail­ments to the pub­lic merely be­cause he hap­pens to be the CM, the same would be the vi­o­la­tion of Right to Pri­vacy un­der Ar­ti­cle 21,” it stated.

In his pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion, D’Mello had claimed “ad­min­is­tra­tive col­lapse” in Goa due to ex­tended ab­sence of Par­rikar, 62, from of­fice.

The chief minister, who has been in and out of hos­pi­tals since early this year, is cur­rently re­cu­per­at­ing at his pri­vate res­i­dence here since he was shifted there from AIIMS in Delhi in Oc­to­ber.

“The present pe­ti­tion is ab­so­lutely lack­ing in good faith which is an es­sen­tial pre­req­ui­site for the main­tain­abil­ity of pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion,” the af­fi­davit said.

The pe­ti­tioner’s claim of “ad­min­is­tra­tive col­lapse” is ab­so­lutely un­sub­stan­ti­ated, it said.

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