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Aires Rodrigues
2014-10-16 10:52:12 UTC
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had both
vowed of Zero tolerance to Corruption and good governance with transparency
and accountability. However their acts and deeds speak very much to the
contrary. The awfully dark days are looming for the very Independence and
Autonomy of the Judiciary.

Very suspect is the latest very high-handed move by the Goa government to
virtually lay to rest the Goa CBI Court which was set up on 7th October
last year as per the directive of the Supreme Court to expedite cases of
corruption. Just two months ago all corruption cases were transferred to
the CBI Court keeping in mind the spirit of the directions of the Supreme
Court to fast track them. It is surprising if not apparent the reason for
this sudden now abrupt withdrawal of the corruption cases from the CBI

Now with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar having managed to swiftly wind up
the CBI Court, all the corruption cases probed by the CBI and the Anti
Corruption branch have now been transferred to an already very over
burdened North Goa Principal District Judge who is having a pendency of
over 1670 other cases and besides for the next over six months will be tied
up with the Tarun Tejpal trial.

Interestingly though the government notification divesting the CBI Court of
its powers under the Prevention of Corruption Act is dated 7th October it
was issued only yesterday. The Goa CBI Court which was presided over by
Judge PV.Sawaikar had a pendency of around 120 corruption cases. Judge
Sawaikar was scheduled to deliver his verdict on October 17th in the
disproportionate assets case against Speaker of the Goa Legislative
Assembly Rajendra Arlekar.

Judge Sawaikar had recently also censured the Anti-Corruption Branch for
having sought orders from Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in a complaint
that was filed against him. Taking note that Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar should not have been allowed to go into the records of the
investigation, Judge Sawaikar had in his order stated the SP of ACB, ought
not to have followed such a procedure as it amounts to take opinion of an
accused. Coincidentally Judge Sawaikar has been kept long waiting for his
official car and government accommodation.

After having spent lakhs of rupees on setting up this CBI Court at Mapusa
the sudden questionable decision of the government will practically slow
track the corruption cases much to the delight of the corrupt. Goa is
without a State Information Commissioner and the Lokayukta is also nowhere
in sight. So will this move by the Government to wind up the CBI Court be
just another bonus to the perpetrators of corruption? *Ache Din Aane Wale* Hain
for the corrupt!

May I request you all to raise your voices loud and fearlessly on this day
light assault on Goa?s Judiciary. Let us request Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar to make the one much needed U turn and restore the powers of the
CBI Court if he really stands for Zero Tolerance to Corruption. Over to
you, Mr. Chief Minister. Goa is watching.

Aires Rodrigues

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