PANJIM: 309 persons were booked by the Goa Police under the controversial Sec 506 of Indian Penal Code (threat to kill) from 2007 to date.
Information furnished to Adv. Aires Rodrigues by the Goa police under the Right to Information Act has revealed that out of those booked only 176 were charge sheeted while 87 cases are still under investigation. The remaining cases have been closed.
The information provided to Adv. Rodrigues further reveals that the maximum no of cases numbering to 64 for the offence of threat to kill have been registered at Margao Police Station followed by 55 at Colva and 31 at Cuncolim.
Interestingly though the offence was cognizable the Goa Police in five cases registered the offence under 506 as non-cognisable.
It may be recalled that the offence was cognizable until A Division bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa comprising of Justice A.S. Oka and Justice F.M. Reis on 21st July this year while quashing the charge sheet against Goa’s Health Minister Mr. Vishwajit Rane held that an offence Sec 506 ( threat to kill) of Indian Penal Code was non-cognizable. The High Court order is being challenged before the Supreme Court by Adv. Aires Rodrigues through a Special Leave Petition.
Inspite of the High Court the Government has however not yet issued any orders to the Police or the Public Prosecutors on what should be done in matters pending in various courts under Sec 506.
Incidentally Sec 506 which was earlier non-cognisable was made cognizable by a notification issued by the Goa Government in 1973 when Mr. Pratapsingh Rane, father of Mr. Vishwajit Rane was the Law Minister.
However when section 506 was invoked against Health Minister Mr. Vishwajit Rane, the Goa Government suddenly took a stand that the section is non-cognizable. A controversial proposal was hurriedly moved on 30th June last year by Advocate General of Goa Mr. Subodh Kantak to instruct all Public Prosecutors to withdraw all cases filed by the police under Sec 506 of I.P.C as the section was non-cognizable.


Dalia said...

When will the Gua Police learn to register the complaints in English? When will they learn a little bit of law? When will the Gua police stop harrasing the poor Omlette Gadda fellows to eat funkot omlette? When will they be real protectors of Law? When will they hunt Atala? The questions are never ending. If I keep writing, by the time I finish, my hair will reach my feet. Goa Police need to change their image as opponents of common man to protectors of common man.

Mario said...

Presently there are 47 Vacancies of Goa Police drivers,my neighbour boy an OBC candidate had applied for it but before the interview begins he got a feelers to keep ready Rs.3 lakhs to give to unknown high authority to get that job.The same boy being unemployed had also applied for a permanent bar license with CRZ III area and the excise authority had ask him Rs.1.20 lakhs to give him that license even though it is illegal on the part of CRZ authority to give permanent bar license within CRZ areas.

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