Govt nod to appeal in Mapari murder case


 In fresh hope for the family of Sameer Mapari, government has approved the Prosecution Department’s request to challenge the trial court’s decision, to acquit three persons in the infamous Sameer Mapari murder case of 2007, in the High Court of Bombay at Goa. 
“Yes, the government has accorded their approval for filing an appeal in the murder case. The Prosecution Department was dissatisfied with the lower court’s reasoning in acquitting the accused,” a government source said. 
The department in its request, reasoned before the government why the acquittal should be challenged in the High Court. 
The acquittal of Rajesh Desai, Balesh Desai and Vinay Desai by Margao Additional Sessions Judge Desmond D’Costa on February 20 came as a rude shock to the government with the public prosecutor even alleging she was pressurized during the trial. 
The deceased’s mother Sita had wept in the Court soon after the judgment was pronounced and also attempted assaulting the trio with footwear in the court premise. 
The main accused Rajesh Desai is the younger brother of former BJP Industries Minister Ramrao Desai. 
Meanwhile, a local activist has already petitioned the Bombay High Court at Goa challenging the acquittal on 38 grounds including the wrong finding by Judge D’ Costa that the DNA report was negative though factually the report did not state it. [H]