JMFC Summons Vishwajeet Rane & Wife Divya In The 2007 Threat To Kill Case
Saturday - Mar 18, 2017
Panjim: Panjim Judicial Magistrate First Class has summoned former Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane and his wife Divya to appear in Court on 20th March in connection with the 2007 threat to kill Adv. Aires Rodrigues case. A bench of the Supreme Court of India comprising of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit on 10thJanaury had directed that the case filed against Vishwajeet Rane be revived.
Allowing the Special Leave Petition filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues, the Supreme Court set aside the 21st July 2010 order of a Division bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa comprising of Justice A.S. Oka and Justice F.M. Reis which had quashed the charge sheet against Vishwajeet Rane while holding that an offence under Sec 506 (threat to kill) of Indian Penal Code was non-cognizable.
Adv. Aires Rodrigues in his petition before the Supreme Court had challenged that decision of the High Court which had held that the Goa government had no powers to issue a notification making Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code cognizable.
Incidentally Section 506 was made cognizable by a notification issued by the Goa Government in 1973 when Pratapsingh Rane, father of Vishwajeet Rane was the Law Minister. Over the years hundreds of persons have been charge sheeted and prosecuted under that section.
However when the Old Goa Police charge sheeted Vishwajeet Rane under Sec 506, the Goa Government suddenly took a stand that the section is non-cognizable. A controversial proposal was hurriedly moved on 30th June 2009 by then 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.
The 73 page charge sheet was filed by the Old Goa Police against then Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane under Sec 506 of Indian Penal Code for allegedly having on 31st July 2007 threatened to kill Adv. Aires Rodrigues. The Old Goa Police in their charge sheet have named nine witnesses.
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