Ex-Loutolim sarpanch discharged


The Judicial Magistrate First Class, Margao has discharged ex-Sarpanch of Loutolim Village Panchayat Jose Fernandes, who was accused of drafting a forged regional plan 2021 of the village.
Pursuant to a complaint filed by villagers, Maina Curtorim Police Station investigated Fernandes for allegedly submitting a fake proposed draft regional plan 2021 to the Chief Town Planner with an illegal forwarding letter bearing fake outward number while using the panchayat seal with signature of the Sarpanch. He was charge sheeted under various sections of Indian Penal Code.
Galileo Teles, counsel for the accused had sought for discharge on the strength of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory report which concluded that the handwriting and signature on the alleged forged document are not of Fernandes. The lawyer argued that it was conclusive that the letter was not forged or signed by the accused and hence prayed for his discharge. [H]