The Supreme Court has directed that notices be issued to Goa’s Health Minister Vishwajit Rane and also the government in Goa following the special leave petition filed by Advocate Aires Rodrigues in the threat to kill him.
Adv. Rodrigues had filed the petition challenging the High Court order of 21st July wherein the court had quashed the charge sheet filed against the minister for threatening to kill Adv. Rodrigues holding that Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code pertaining to threat to kill, was non-cognizable.
In his petition before the Supreme Court, Adv. Rodrigues pleaded that the government cannot arbitrarily issue a notification making Section 506 of IPC non-cognizable.
After the Old Goa police filed a charge sheet against Vishwajit Rane under Section 506 of IPC, the state government issued a notification making this particular section non-cognizable following a proposal by Advocate General Subodh Kantak moved on 30th June 2009.
Adv. Rodrigues had earlier complained to the police that Vishwajit Rane had on 31st July 2007 threatened to kill him by using his wife Divya’s mobile phone.