Monday, August 21, 2017
2016 Brics Food Scam: HC Adjourns To 16 August Govt Challenge To GHRC Orders
Wednesday - Aug 2, 2017
Panjim: A Division bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa comprising of Justice F.M.Reis and Justice Nutan Sardessai today without granting the Goa government any interim relief adjourned to August 16th the petition filed by the Government challenging the orders passed by the Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) last year on the complaint filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues over the alleged 51 lakh food scam at last year’s BRICS Summit held in Goa.
 
The government in its petition before the High Court had sought stay of the orders passed by the GHRC comprising of A.D.Salkar and J.A Keny on 18th October last year by which after observing that prima facie it appeared that there was a major food scam had directed the Chief Secretary to conduct a thorough investigation and to fix responsibility on defaulting officials. The GHRC had further directed that payment to the Bicholim based contractor M/S Amonkar Classic Caterers be withheld pending inquiry into the entire episode.  
 
When the petition came up for hearing today Adv. Aires Rodrigues while strongly opposing the petition submitted to the Court that he would file a detailed reply as to how the Government had malfiedly filed the petition in collusion with the food contractor who was trying to deviously get paid 51 lakhs despite having supplied rotten food to the police personnel posted on duty at that BRICS Summit.  
 
Adv. Aires Rodrigues in his complaint to the GHRC on 14th October had submitted that the contract for a whopping Rs 51, 60,000 was given to Amonkar Classic Caterers for supply of food to police personnel posted on duty for the BRICS summit but that the contract was sub-let to a road side contractor who clandestinely prepared the food in an open place owned by the police department next to the Verna Church Cemetery.
 
Pointing out that road side laborers were engaged for cooking the substandard food in most unhygienic condition with water stored in open plastic barrels and used for cooking, Adv. Rodrigues in his complaint further submitted that with thick bushes and grass all around insects and cockroaches found their way in the food served to the police personnel.
 
Adv. Rodrigues also stated that despite the GHRC having more than once reminded the Government that police personnel are Human beings and should so be treated, the authorities had failed to make any proper arrangements including food, water and toilet facilities for the police personnel. Adv. Rodrigues further stated that while the Government had gone overboard in making all arrangements for the visiting dignitaries, it had conveniently neglected to cater to the basic fundamental and human rights of its own police personnel.
 
Stating that the authorities had lost sight that police personnel too have a personal life, Adv. Rodrigues pointed out that the Government cannot be allowed to be a cause for ruining their health and lives.

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Comments (2)
Anonymous the VIII
Friday - Aug 4, 2017
Caetan, you know meaning of Human Rights? Kiteak munn bestoch apun Bondo munn dakoita?
Caetan
Thursday - Aug 3, 2017
Goan Human Rights Commission is a beckar Marathi Organization and can only fight for petty things like food for dogs. It cannot fight issues like the denial of Nationhood to Goans by India under their Universal Human Rights. It is fake like the Liberation of Goa. This means it can only support the colonization of Goa by Marathis and their monopolization of Goans’ people’s resources.
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