There appears to be a strong possibility of Speaker Pratapsing Rane being asked to appear in the court as a witness following an application moved by Adv. Aires Rodrigues.
In his application before the Judicial Magistrate First Class that is currently hearing the Ribandar Church case, Adv. Rodrigues has sought summoning Rane as a witness.
He pointed out that Rane as the then chief minister had called for the papers relating to the case and subsequently asked the authorities to file the charge sheet.
Adv. Rodrigues submitted that it was important to find out why Rane intervened in the and under which provision of law as it was totally in violation of the Criminal Procedure Code.
He pointed out that the Supreme Court has given various orders emphasizing the need for investigations to be carried out by investigating authorities independent of any political or other intervention.