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Criminal cases withdrawn against politicians is unjust: RTI Activist

The Manohar Parrikar government decided to withdraw criminal cases pending against politicians to have a conducive atmosphere in the State.  This has been revealed in information obtained by Adv. Aires Rodrigues from the Home department under the Right to Information Act.

The file notings reveal that at a meeting held on 15th May in the office of the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and attended by Advocate General Atmaram Nadkarni, Law Secretary Pramod Kamat and Director of Prosecution Shobha Dhumaskar a discussion was held on various criminal cases pending against politicians in various Courts.

The same day a note was moved and Advocate General Atmaram Nadkarni in his noting stated that a circular may be issued through the Director of Prosecution that the policy of the government is not to pursue criminal cases against politicians provided the cases are not of very heinous crimes like murder, rape, looting robbery or such serious offences.

The noting was approved by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on the same day while directing the Director of Prosecution to issue the circular directing the withdrawal of cases pending against politicians.

The Director of Prosecution Shobha Dhumaskar accordingly promptly issued a circular to all the Prosecutors and Assistant Public Prosecutors conveying the policy of the government to withdraw criminal cases against politicians provided they cases are not of heinous nature such as murder, rape, looting, robbery or such serious offences.

On receipt of the circular the Public Prosecutors and Assistant Public Prosecutors moved swiftly and withdrew the criminal cases pending in various courts against various Ministers and MLAs including Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly Rajendra Arlekar.

Questioning this high handed move of the government in withdrawing criminal cases against politicians, Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today alleged that it was a blatant interference in the admistration of Justice.

Asserting that nobody could be above the law, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that such a discriminatory move to help only politicians escape from the alleged offences was impermissible in the eyes of Justice.

Ridiculing the decision taken by the government in the guise of having a conducive atmosphere in the State, Adv. Rodrigues has wondered why the government did not use the same yardstick and withdraw all criminal cases not pertaining to heinous crimes which are pending against the common citizens.

Adv. Rodrigues has also stated that the extension in service and pay hike given to Director of Proscution Shobha Dhumaskar despite an F.I.R pending against her, was a planned move by the government to facilitate the withdrawal of cases against politicians.

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