Director General of Police Aditya Arya who has already antagonized the Scheduled Tribes in Goa with his “shoot orders” statement has now reportedly rubbed the bureaucrats the wrong way by recommending a CBI probe in the Balli incident.
According to reports published in the local media, Arya has recommended that all cases pertaining to the 25th May Balli incident be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation as there are law and order implications.
However, his recommendation has irked the Law Department with the Law Secretary Pramod Kamat pointing out that since the government is in the process of instituting a judicial enquiry into the matter, they would have to turn down the DGP’s recommendation as two parallel enquiries in the same matter cannot be permitted.
Meanwhile, as the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court has informed the government that it is not possible to appoint a sitting judge to conduct the enquiry, the government is now seeking to appoint a retired judge.
It may be recalled that Chief Minister Digambar Kamat had assured the United Tribals Associations Alliance leaders who were on a hunger strike following the 25th May incidents that a judicial enquiry would be instituted.
The government is apparently in touch with retired Justice V R Kingaonkar to conduct the enquiry.