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CM approved closure of DoP cheating case: RTI Activist

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had approved the closing of the corruption case against former Director of Prosecution Shobha Dhumaskar. This has been revealed in the information obtained by Adv. Aires Rodrigues from the Anti- Corruption Branch under the Right to Information Act.

As per the file notings the Superintendent of Police (ACB) Mr. Bosco George by a note moved on 6th May proposed that the case be closed as the evidence was weak though the complaint against Mrs. Shobha Dhumaskar was true. On the same day Director of Vigilance Mr. Amarsen Rane directed that the matter be placed before the Government for deemed fit decision. On 7th May the Chief Secretary sent the file to the Chief Minister with a request that the closure of the case be approved. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on the very same day gave his written approval to close the case against Shobha Dhumaskar.

Judge Anuja Prabhudesai of the Special Court under the Prevention of Corruption Act will now on 4th June after hearing Adv. Aires Rodrigues decide whether to direct the ACB to charge sheet Shobha Dhumaskar or to allow the corruption case to be closed.

It may be recalled that the F.I.R was registered against Shobha Dhumaskar on the directions of the Special Court under the Prevention of Corruption Act after a petition was filed against her by Adv. Aires Rodrigues alleging corruption and loss to the State exchequer. The F.I.R was registered against Mrs. Shobha Dhumaskar under Sections 420, 474 of the Indian Penal Code and also Section 13 (1) (d) (i) & (ii) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
The complaint against Mrs. Shobha Dhumaskar pertains to a 76 sq mts flat at ‘Mutual Apartments’, at Panaji leased by the Director of Prosecution in a manner showing undue favoritism and causing loss to the State exchequer.

Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today stated that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s approval to close the corruption case against Shobha Dhumaskar was in clear contravention of the Government’s policy of Zero tolerance to corruption. 

Adv. Rodrigues has stated that the closure of the case was to reward Shobha Dhumaskar for last year having facilitated the withdrawal of criminal cases against ruling party politicians.

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