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Power Scam case against Mauvin Godinho: Order on Aires’ application fixed for July 31

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Panaji: North Goa Principal District & Sessions Judge Irshad Agha today  heard arguments on the application filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues seeking to assist the Prosecution in the infamous 2001 multi crore Power scam case against now Goa Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho who along with four other accused including former Chief Electrical Engineer T.Nagarajan are facing trial for offences under Sections 13 (1) (d) (i)and (iii) of the Prevention of Corruption Act,1988 read with Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code. Judge Agha will on 31st July pronounce his order on Adv. Rodrigues’s application.

Continuing his arguments today, Adv. Aires Rodrigues submitted that the Complainant in the case Manohar Parrikar who is now the Chief Minister and the accused Mauvin Godinho having now become strange bedfellows, there was very serious apprehension that the two would now collude in this very serious case of corruption where loss to the State exchequer was to the tune of crores of rupees.

Adv. Rodrigues further argued that in public interest he was  constrained to intervene as the accused Mauvin Godinho is a very powerful and well connected politician currently being the Panchayat Minister and may try to deviously in collusion with the government attempt to derail the due process of law.

Adv. Rodrigues also drew Judge Agha’s attention that that the Goa Government which has conveniently been appointing Special Public Prosecutors even in petty cases has with ulterior motives not appointed one in this multi crore Power Scam Case.

Opposing Adv. Rodrigues’s application to assist the Prosecution Adv. Arun Bras de Sa representing Mauvin Godinho alleged that Adv. Rodrigues had animosity with Mauvin Godinho, which was however denied by Adv. Rodrigues who submitted to Judge Agha that over the years he had highlighted the misdeeds of various Ministers and Public Officials.

On 17th January this year while disposing Mauvin Godinho’s petition which was pending before the Supreme Court for over a decade, a bench comprising of Justice N.V.Ramana and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer while upholding the High Court order directing framing of charge declined to give any relief to the former Power Minister Mauvin Godinho in the Special Leave Petition which he had filed in 2007.

 Mauvin Godinho had challenged the order passed by the Bombay High Court directing framing of charges against him in the multi-crore power scam case. By an order dated October 26, 2007, then Bombay High Court at Goa Justice Nelson Britto had directed framing of charges against Mauvin Godinho under Section 13(1) (d) (i) and (iii) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 read with Section 120B of the Indian Penal Code.

Justice Nelson Britto had in his order also noted that the charges against Mauvin Godinho came to be investigated and charge sheet filed based on a complaint filed by Manohar Parrikar and that it appeared that the case took different turns depending upon which government was in power in Goa.

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