Yet another case of police acting without proper application of mind has come to light with the Sessions Court, Margao ordering the deletion of Section 153-A IPC against the accused in the Curchorem riots case.
The court upheld accused Prasanna Paauskar’s Advocate Alban Viegas’ contention that the police did not seek the mandatory sanction required from the government to persecute anybody under this Section.
Section 153-A IPC deals with offence of promoting communal disharmony and makes it mandatory for the investigating agency to seek government’s permission before filing the charge sheet.
However, in the instant case no such permission was sought prior or even after filing the chargesheet.
It may be recalled that in March 2006 tension gripped Curchorem town in what threatened to be a major conflagration between Hindus and Muslims, which incident badly dented Goa’s reputation of being an oasis of communal harmony.