Mauvin in police custody till Tue

| 19 May 2001 22:21 IST

The high court grante bail to former power minister Mauvin Godinho, in a multi-crore power rebate scam, but only on Tuesday.

In a post-operative order, the court has agreed to keep him in police custody for interrogation till Tuesday noon.

Though he will be in the police custody till then, the court has also instructed the police not to interrogate him from 9 pm to 9 am, but to keep him under medical observation.

The 42-year old Congress MLA's plea, challenging the JMFC order to remand him to four-day police custody since 17 May, was rejected by the district and sessions court today morning.

As Godinho's lawyers rushed to the high court, the vacation bench granted permission to release him by Tuesday, as the police said they need him for custodial interrogation till then.

Since Godinho's four-day remand expires on Monday, said additional advocate general Vilas Thali, the police will produce Godinho in the court, seeking one-day remand. He was arrested on 16 May.

Though Godinho could not succeed in escaping police custody, he will now have peaceful nights at the air-conditioned ward of the Goa Medical College, as he had it all this time. Every time, he was discharged in the morning.

Meanwhile, the district and sessions court has also rejected pleas of another former Congress minister Somnath Zuwarkar, the chairman of the Goa State Co-operative Bank and C N Salkar, the bank CEO.

After arresting both of them in a bank scam on 17 May, they were granted five-day remand, which was later challenged in the district court. Both of them have also admitted themselves at the GMC, complaining of chest pain.

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