Judge Desmond D'Costa reinstated, HC inquiry gives him clean chit

GOANEWS & PTI, PANAJI | 30 April 2012 15:37 IST

Judge Desmond D’Costa has finally been reinstated by the high court, after one year and two months.

He has been told to join the South Goa district and session court today.

He was suspended by the high court on 9 February last year, by falsely implicating in an acquittal case of serial Dupatta killer Mahanand Naik.

Judge D’Costa, who was the additional district and sessions judge of South Goa, had to go through three different inquiries and was given a clean chit every time.

The issue had become a state-wide controversy as lawyers from almost all the court had voluntarily boycotted the court proceedings, demanding D’Costa’s reinstatement.

In fact South Goa lawyers had boycotted the court indefinitely, till they were requested to resume the court while assuring impartial inquiry.

Even the then chief minister Digambar Kamat had intervened to get justice for judge D’Costa.

Justice Utkarsh Bakre, who was then the district and sessions judge of Margao, had complained against Desmond.

Judge D’Costa had acquitted Mahanand in a case of alleged murder of Nirmala Amonkar in February 2008. The prosecution had failed to produce enough evidence to prove that Mahanand had killed her.

Mahanand has been charged with killing around 14 women in 15 years, by strangulating them with their own dupatta, after promising them to get married and then robbing them of their money and gold ornaments.

Judge D’Costa had heard and disposed off the case while holding charge of Principal district and sessions judge, as judge Bakre was on a leave due to illness.

Justice Bakre had then complained to the high court against Judge D’Costa for disposing off the case without listening to all the witnesses. Accordingly, he was served with a show cause notice.

Judge D’Costa had replied to all the objections while asserting that the case was disposed off as prosecution had no witnesses left to produce while the upper court had directed to dispose off cases of under trials speedily as the jails were getting congested.

In spite of this, judge D’Costa was served with suspension notice.

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It is unfortunate that the system allows such harsh treatment to Officials who try to discharge their duties in an upright straight forward manner. No wonder the Hon. Judge has been reinstated and nothing wrong found , and this was well expected by all those who know the working of the Hon Judge. But this again raises a more important question as to how and why does the system allows such things to happen in the first place...and whether such things could be avoided in future at least in the Judiciary..?

- vishwas prabhudesai, loliem | 01 st May 2012 10:18


Good News!!!!!!but can any one follow up on what is the status of Bakre?????

- jaret chandrapurkar, overseas/chandor | 01 st May 2012 02:27


Truth prevails!

- Francisco Fernandes, Switzerland | 30 th April 2012 15:59


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