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Congress demands that Mauvin be dropped from cabinet

Panjim: A day after the Supreme Court declined to grant any relief to Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho in the multi-crore power scam case, Congress on Thursday demanded that the Minister be dropped from the cabinet, which is chaired by Manohar Parrikar, who is the complainant in the case.Addressing media persons, All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Girish Chodankar said, “How can the accused and the complainant be in the same cabinet? Chief Minister should immediately drop Godinho from the cabinet and start the trial.”He added, “If Parrikar has some moral ethics and if he still stand by his case of corruption, such a corrupt Minister should be dropped immediately.”
Congress leader Sidhanath Buyao alleged that more than half the cabinet members have indulged in various forms of corruption. “If one remembers, it was due to Parrikar’s power scam case in 1999, that High Court had banned new power connections affecting residential, commercial and industrial establishments. However, the same was vacated later,” he recalled. Buyao too said that Parrikar should ask the Minister to step down from the council of ministers.Godinho in 2007 had approached Apex Court challenging the order of the High Court of Bombay at Goa of framing charges against him in the infamous power case. The Supreme Court declined to grant him any relief and directed that he should argue his defence before the Special Court under the Prevention of Corruption Act in Goa. Godinho has withdrawn the Special Leave Petition filed in 2007. Justice Nelson Britto of the High Court had directed framing of charges against Godinho under Section 13(1) (d) (i) and (iii) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 read with Section 120B of the Indian Penal Code in connection with the alleged power scam case. [H]

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