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Special Court Issues Notice to Secretary Goa Legislative Assembly

Judge Nutan Sardessai of the Special Court under the Prevention of Corruption Act today issued notice to the Secretary of the Goa Legislative Assembly seeking a report on the privilege notice moved against Adv. Aires Rodrigues in connection with the disproportionate assets case filed by him against Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly.

Judge Nutan Sardessai issued the direction after Adv. Aires Rodrigues today submitted before the Court that contempt of Court proceedings be initiated as the statements and conduct of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Speaker Rajendra Arlekar while the proceedings were pending in Court amounted to intimidatory tactics and direct interference in the administration of justice.

Adv. Rodrigues in his application has stated that while proceedings are pending before the Court, it was neither proper nor desirable for any person, to make any comment on pending proceedings while seeking to lower the majesty and dignity of the Courts.

Pointing out that while the Court proceedings were pending Rajendra Arlekar was misusing his position as Speaker to intimidate and threaten him, Adv. Rodrigues has also submitted to the Court newspapers cuttings of statements made by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and of the notice of privilege moved.

Directing the Secretary of the Goa Legislative Assembly to file the reply on 24th March, Judge Sardessai has also directed the Anti- Corruption Branch to file their reply to the application moved by Adv. Rodrigues seeking contempt of Court proceedings.  

In another application moved today, Adv. Aires Rodrigues submitted before Judge Nutan Sardessai that the Anti Corruption Branch officers were acting as caged parrots and dragging their feet in the investigation of the case against Speaker Rajendra Arlekar.

Adv. Rodrigues has sought that to ensure a free and fair probe the case be handed over to the Crime Branch and that the investigation be carried out by an officer of the rank of Superintendent of Police. Judge Sardessai has directed the ACB to file their reply on March 24th.

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