Reacting to the recent direction of the Bombay High Court to the Goa government to file a First Information Report (FIR) against 151 people, including former state ministers, mining company owners and government officials
, in connection with illegal mining in the state based on the Shah Commission report, the Congress Party, on Thursday, said that the state government will now have to call Justice M B Shah, in the first place, while following the court direction.
The spokesperson of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC), Mr Sudip Tamhankar, addressing a press conference said that there is no need for anyone to fear the Bombay High Court direction.
“The particular order is not specific,” he added, pointing out that as per his information, the names discussed formed part of the related petition are not included in the court order, and that he would soon get the copy of the petition and study the same.
Mr Tamhankar also said that since the direction of the court is based on the Shah Commission Report, the government will have to call Justice Shah in the first place, before commencement of filing of FIRs.
Earlier, the state Congress spokesperson demanded that the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, should give up his Home portfolio having dismally failed to curb the law and order situation in Goa, including cracking the rape case of a minor girl from a Vasco school. “Mr Parrikar, during his tenure as the leader of the opposition, continuously criticised Crime Branch of the state police, maintaining that its crime detection rate is zero,” Mr Tamhankar recalled, stating that the Parrikar government is now fooling the people by handing over the Vasco rape case to this very Crime Branch.
“We want the case to be immediately handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigations,” he demanded.
Speaking further, Mr Tamhankar said that the career graph of Mr Parrikar as the Home Minister is dismal and full of failures. “During his earlier tenure, the government failed to crack the Tanuja Naik murder case,” Mr Tamhankar observed, stating that the driver in the Calvim bus tragedy has also been conveniently left out of the charge sheet filed in connection with the case.
“Furthermore, the suicides of the PWD contractor, Vishwas Harmalkar and the government geologist, Dattatraya Bhave, dowry-related death of Chhaya Naik, and two more suicides at Sanguem have also remained unsolved,” he noted, pointing out that the government has even failed to get the accused in the Sameer Mapari case punished through court.
Mr Tamhankar also said that it was insensitive on the part of the government to hold Shigmotsav celebration, on Good Friday, adding that the Congress party condemn such a decision.
He also said that supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party such as Mr Subhash Velingkar, who had criticised the Congress MP, Mr Francisco Sardinha for visiting the Portuguese ‘Sagres’ vessel during its visit to Goa, are now sitting silent over the decision of the Parrikar government to celebrate Carnival in an extravagant manner. [NT]