The Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court on Thursday gave reprieve to a 70-year old man who was reportedly being harassed by Health Minister Vishwajit Rane only because the former refused to sell his property at Dona Paula to Rane Jr. by ordering a stay on the construction of a compound wall undertaken by the minister as it was blocking access to the petitioner’s bungalow.
The petitioner Antonio F do Rosario alleged that he was being harassed by Vishwajit since he refused to sell his plot that is adjacent to the property purchased by the minister. Antonio pleaded that the minister was abusing his position to direct government officials to harass him and further alleged that the minister demolished the old house in his property to construct a new one without any license and even occupied the bungalow without obtaining an occupancy certificate.
While the property of the petition is surveyed under No. 250/4 (Plot X), Vishwajit’s property is surveyed under No. 250/4(Plot Y) and both share a common boundary.
Antonio in his petition revealed that in October 2009 one priest Fr. Inacio Almeida approached him to convince him to sell his property to Vishwajit, which offer was rejected.
Besides misusing his position to get various government department to slap irrelevant notices on him, Antonio alleged that Vishwajit had blocked the access to his property by constructing a compound wall in an area designated as green zone, where no construction can be undertaken.
A Division Bench comprising Justices S B Deshmukh and F M Reis while granting the stay on the construction has issued notices to Vishwajit Rane, chief secretary, member secretary of North Goa Planning & Development Authority (NGPDA), Director General of Police (DGP), Taleigao Village Panchayat.
The case will now be taken up for hearing in January 2011.