Digambar 'out', Churchill 'in' at least for one more week

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 28 August 2015 20:28 IST

Former chief minister Digambar Kamat would be out and former PWD minister Churchill Alemao would be in at least for one more week.

The high court will decide next week whether to admit crime branch petition challenging CBI court’s order of granting anticipatory bail to Kamat.

In the midst of these arguments on this matter for the second consecutive day, hearing on Alemao’s petition has also been postponed to next week.

The Bombay high court at Panaji now takes up criminal matters only on Thursday evening and full day on Friday.

Arguments on maintainability of the petition filed by the crime branch of Goa police continued today with Kamat’s counsel Adv Surendra Desai arguing for almost three hours.

He had argued yesterday that the police cannot go into appeal before completing the procedure of technically arresting and releasing Kamat after he was granted anticipatory bail.

Adv Subodh Desai, counsel of the crime branch, had countered this contention, citing previous court judgements.

Counter arguments to these contentions were placed by Adv Surendra Desai once again today morning, while Adv Subodh Desai maintained that completing the procedure of technical arrest was not required.

Before deciding on the merit of the petition, the high court would decide next week – either on Thursday or Friday – if technical arrest of Kamat is required before approaching the higher court.

The actual petition challenging the anticipatory bail to Kamat would be heard only after that.

Meanwhile, the petition challenging rejection of Alemao’s bail could not come up for hearing today.

Alemao would thus continue to be in the Colvale jail, at least till the next week.

He was arrested by the crime branch on 5th August, little before midnight and was then remanded to eight-day police custody, before sending him to the judicial custody.

Kamat, who had filed his anticipatory bail on 5th August, however was granted bail by the CBI court on 19th August.

The crime branch had challenged this order before the high court very next day.

The Goa police are probing the bribery case, where former CM Kamat and former minister Alemao are charged of accepting huge amount of bribes from the US-based firm, which is providing consultancy to a water supply and sewerage project in Goa.

The project, worth Rs 1031 crore, is financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency with low interest loan, in Goa.

Louis Berger, the consultancy firm executing this project in Goa, had already admitted in the US court of giving a bribe of total Rs six crore to ‘a’ minister and government officials, when Kamat was the CM and Alemao the PWD minister. 

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Something is wrong in the system where even CB cannot arrest a criminal this is the beauty of democracy ?? Chain snatchers can take advantage of it

- [email protected], Margoa Goa | 29 th August 2015 22:51

 

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