HC adjourns plea challenging acquittal in Mapari murder case
The High Court of Bombay at Goa, has adjourned the hearing on the petition filed challenging the acquittal of the three accused in the 2007 killing of Xelvona youth, Samir Mapari. The petition is likely to come up for hearing on March 18.
The three accused, Rajesh Desai, Balesh Desai and Vinay Desai were on February 20, acquitted of murder charges by the Margao additional sessions court. Adv Aires Rodrigues has in his petition before the High Court, challenged the judgment on 38 grounds. He has submitted that the Margao additional sessions court has failed to appreciate that the prosecution had proved the motive of the crime which was evident from the deposition of various witnesses, including the mother of late Samir Mapari.
He has in his petition also submitted that the judge erred in rejecting the case of the prosecution that the dead body was in fact that of Samir Mapari, despite it being proved beyond any doubt.
In his petition the advocate stated that the legality of the acquittal of the three alleged killers needs to be examined by the High Court, to see whether the wheels of justice in the case had strictly moved in accordance with law. He has submitted to the High Court that he was filing the petition as he apprehends that the government for politically motivated reasons may not challenge the acquittal of the three accused. [H]