A strong pitch for having an independent high court for Goa was forcefully made by all the speakers at the public meeting held at Lohia Maidan on Friday to demand the reinstatement of suspended judge Desmond D’Costa.
A resolution to this demand was also unanimously adopted at the meeting organized by the South Goa Advocates’ Association that was largely attended by people from all walks of life. “An independent high court for Goa be set up in consonance with Articles 214 and 215 of the Constitution of India,” The resolution read. It also demanded that in case an inquiry is conducted on charges against D’Costa, the same be completed within 15 days.
The meeting also resolved that the report filed by the inquiry officer in the case of charges against judge Anuja Prabhudesai be accepted and the disciplinary proceedings closed immediately. Making a strong case for an independent high court for Goa, SGAA president, Anacleto Viegas, addressing the public meeting, said the state was “incomplete without an (independent) judiciary,” as the Constitution provided that every state should have its own high court. He said that as cases pertaining to life and liberty were directly supervised by the high court, “we need a high court that understands the problems and difficulties of the people of the state”.
Echoing Viegas’ views, advocate Radharao Gracias stressed that “merging Goan judiciary” with that of Maharashtra amounted to “grave injustice to the state of Goa”. Stating that he has been demanding a separate high court for Goa since long, he said, “The HC for Goa should be in Margao.” Expounding his arguments in favour of a separate high court for Goa, advocate Rajeev Gomes said, “Having a separate high court for Goa will provide more opportunities for Goans to go to the high court.” “This is a conspiracy to eliminate good Goan judges from going to the HC. If good and honest judges are suspended, justice will evade the public,” Gomes said. Advocates Avdhoot Arsekar, Mike Mehta, Ashok Naik, Amey Prabhudesai, Shruti Kothare, Shrikant Naik, besides Roland Martins, Dr Francisco Colaco, Mohandas Loliencar and Sabina Martins addressed the gathering.
Earlier, SGAA held a rally through the city. It ended at the public meeting at Lohia Maidan.