Mauvin moves HC for bail

| 19 May 2001 22:22 IST

Mauvin Godinho, the former power minister and Congress MLA, has moved the high court as his bail application was rejected by the district and sessions court today morning.

The hearing on the bail application will be held today afternoon.

Godinho was arrested on 16 May in connection with the multi-crore power rebate scam, after the high court had ordered the state to take consequential action, stating that Godinho's action in granting subsidy to over 210 industries was totally illegal.

While he was remanded four-day police custody after producing him before the JMFC the next day, he had challenged the order in the district and sessions court. The court rejected his plea after hearing the arguments for the last two days.

Meanwhile, Godinho has been trying to avoid police custody for the last three days by getting himself admitted into the Goa Medical College, claiming chest pain. The doctors have however been discharging him, stating that he is in good health.

Though he has succeeded in spending two nights in the air-conditioned coronary care ward, the doctors have discharged him for the third time today, stating repeatedly that he does not suffer with any kind of illness.

The police have also kept a custody prepared for him, by cleaning it a bit. If his plea is rejected once again by the high court, Godinho has to sit in the police custody till Monday if the GMC refuses to admit him for the fourth time.

Meanwhile, after remanding police custody for five days, another former Congress minister Somnath Zuwarkar, who is the chairman of the Goa State Co-operative Bank, and the CEO C N Salkar, have also got themselves admitted into the GMC.

They were arrested on 17 May, in connections with a bank scam.

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