Monday, August 21, 2017
High Court Urged To Initiate Suo- Moto Contempt Proceedings Against Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar
Monday - Jul 24, 2017
Panjim: A Letter Petition has been filed today by Adv. Aires Rodrigues before the Bombay High Court at Goa seeking that Suo-Moto Contempt of Court proceedings be initiated against Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for having malafiedly and very high-handedly repeatedly wrongly accused the High Court of having directed that the sixth off shore Casino owned by Golden Globe Hotels Private Limited be allowed. A copy of the petition has been sent to the Chief Justice of India and the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.
 
Pointing out that it was a fit case for the High Court to initiate Suo-moto contempt proceedings against Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Adv. Rodrigues in his petition has accused Manohar Parrikar of demeaning the Majesty of the High Court by making wild, unwarranted and patently false allegations against the Highest Court of the State.
 
Stating that the official records clearly demonstrate that it was the Goa Government that had permitted the sixth Casino after officially receiving 44 crores, Adv. Rodrigues in his petition has drawn the Court’s attention that on 1st August 2016 Dattaprasad Lawande the then Additional Advocate General who is now the Advocate General of Goa, had stated before the High Court that a representation dated 4th April, 2016 had been received from Golden Globe Hotels Private Limited seeking renewal of the casino licence for the years 2011 to 2016 and that the State Government had favorably considered that representation subject to the payment of the Annual Recurring Fees with interest for all the five years from the year 2011 to 2016.
 
Adv. Rodrigues has further stated that Dattaprasad Lawande had also submitted to the Court that if Golden Globe Hotels Private Limited deposited the amount demanded, the State Government would also favorably consider the application for further renewal of the Casino license from the year 2016 as well as the substitution of the vessel.
 
Stating that the statements made by Dattaprasad Lawande were recorded in the order passed by the High Court on 1st August 2016 and clearly demonstrates that it was the government that had allowed this 6th off shore Casino, Adv. Rodrigues in his petition has stated that it was thus very inappropriate for Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who now stands cornered and exposed to attempt to push the buck and falsely blame the High Court for a wrongful act committed by the BJP government.
 
Alleging that Manohar Parrikar over the years has tended to scandalize and lower the authority of the Courts, Adv. Rodrigues has in his petition pointed out that in 2003 the High Court had accepted the apology tendered by Manohar Parrikar who was also Chief Minister then, on a petition seeking institution of Suo-moto contempt proceeding in connection with the alleged observations then made by him about Judges.
 
Adv. Rodrigues has stated that a division bench of the High Court comprising of Justice F I Rebello and Justice P V Hardas, while accepting the apology tendered and disposing the contempt petition against Manohar Parrikar had observed, "We may only point out that democracy survives only in those countries where the rule of law prevails and the judiciary is acknowledged as the sentinel for guarding citizen’s rights. To further this constitutional objective constitutional functionaries must accept the role cast on the judiciary in the Constitution and seek to strengthen it."
 
Stating that as a citizen and more so as an officer of the Court he would have been failing in his bounden duty if he had not placed these very glaring facts before the Court, Adv. Rodrigues has in his petition stated that immediate intervention of the High Court was warranted to ensure that the sanctity and solemnity of Temples of Justice are not fiddled with by Power intoxicated Politicians.

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