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RTI Activist moves Court to register FIR against Defence Minister

Renowned and controversial RTI Activist Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today moved the Panaji Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) seeking directions to the Panaji Police to forthwith register an F.I.R against former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in connection with cheating, misrepresenting and causing loss to the State Exchequer to the tune of Rs 6, 37,721 in the hosting of a State dinner for BJP delegates.

In his petition filed under Section 156 (3) of the Criminal Procedure code, Adv. Rodrigues has also sought that the police be directed to promptly investigate the case and that the Court monitor the investigation as the accused Manohar Parrikar is politically well connected.

The petition has drawn the Court’s attention that a note was moved on 4th June 2013 to the Protocol department by Sanchita Banerjee Rodrigues, Press Liaison Officer to the then Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar that the Chief Minister would be hosting a dinner for delegates of the National Executive Meeting without mentioning that it was a BJP meet.

Adv. Rodrigues has also submitted to the Court documents obtained by him recently under the Right to Information Act from the Protocol department processing that dinner bill which does not mention that it was a BJP meeting but just masks it as a National Executive Meeting.

The petition further states that the Goa Government paid a whopping Rs 6, 37,721 for that dinner hosted by then Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on 8th June 2013 at the Goa Marriot Resort for the 543 delegates attending the National Executive meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party which was held in the Goa from the 7th to 9th June 2013.

It has also been alleged that pursuant to the conspiracy earlier hatched, Manohar Parrikar and other unknown government officers concealed crucial and material facts as regards the National Executive Meeting being held was of the BJP Party.

Rodrigues further alleges that by giving a false impression that the meeting being held was National Executive Meeting of the Government which deception and concealment was from the very inception thereby inducing the Protocol department to disburse the amount of Rs 6, 37,721. Pointing out that Manohar Parrikar and others had committed offences punishable under Sections 406,409 and 420 read with 120B and/or 34 of the Indian Penal Code,  he has in his complaint stated that law of the land does not permit tax payers money to be squandered in hosting and feasting of meetings of political parties.

Drawing the Court’s attention that the Panaji Police had failed in their duty by not registering the F.I.R, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that the police had remained mere spectatators just because the accused Manohar Parrikar is politically very influential.

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