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RTI Activist urges CM not to appoint tainted PI

Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today urged Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar not to appoint the alleged tainted Netajirao Prabhudessai whose name figures in the list of 103 selected for the post of Police Sub Inspector. In a memorandum submitted to Manohar Parrikar today, Adv. Aires Rodrigues has drawn the Chief Minister’s attention that in May 2009, a constable attached to the Pernem Police station Rajesh Sawant along with Netajirao Prabhudessai and one Somnath Mandrekar were booked by the Pernem Police for offences of rape (Section 376), extortion (Section 384) and trespass (Section 452). The trio was later charge sheeted in the Pernem Court by Case No IPC/43/2011. Adv. Rodrigues has stated that though Netajirao Prabhudessai has now been discharged by the Court only for lack of evidence, that in view of pre ponderance of probability it would not be  proper for the government to recruit such a person as a Police Sub – Inspector and for that matter even as a constable in the police force.

Adv. Rodrigues has in his memorandum also stated that given the very alarming levels of crime that Goa is witnessing, it would have been expected that only persons with the highest levels of integrity and competence would have been chosen for these vital posts.

Adv. Rodrigues has expressed concern that in a rank politically manipulated selection, Ministers and ruling party MLAs had been asked to recommend their candidates while the principle of selection by merit and qualifications had been thrown to the winds.

Drawing the Chief Minister’s attention that over the last few years quite a few rotten apples have put the entire police force to shame and disrepute, Adv. Rodrigues has wondered whether Goa could afford to allow another such doubtful character like Netajirao Prabhudessai to infiltrate and be a potential liability to the Goa Police.

Reminding the Chief Minister of his promise of Zero tolerance to Corruption,  Adv. Rodrigues has sought the Chief Ministers intervention to also weed out any other tainted persons like Netaji Prabhudessai who may have also have been selected as PSIs in the list of 103.

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