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TMC demands SIT on land grabbing should be headed by a Judge

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Panaji: Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) on Friday demanded that the Special Investigation Team formed to probe the illegal transfer of lands should be headed by a Judge.

Goa government on June 15 has formed a SIT headed by Superintendent of Police to probe into the illegal transfer of lands. One person has been arrested, so far by the SIT, who is allegedly connected with 50-60 cases of fraudulent transfer of the land.

TMC Goa Spokesman Trajano D’Mello told reporters in Panaji that there is no doubt on the integrity of the officers who are currently posted on the SIT but “perception of people towards police is wrong.”

He said that the people who have lost their lands to frauds, and has filed formal complaints before police years back, will not come forward again to file the cases if SIT is headed by the SP.

D’Mello said that the SIT should be headed by a Judge.

The TMC leader said that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has transferred 22 officers from the existing government set up to the SIT. “The illegalities were happening right under the nose of the current government set up. What difference will it make if you pick up few officers from the same set up and form SIT,” he said, justifying his demand of a Judge to head the Team.

“It is the duty of the chief minister to build confidence amongst the people so that they will come forward and lodge the complaint,” D’Mello said.

Referring to the statement of the chief minister that the investigation would be ‘fast tracked,’ D’Mello said that the Fast Track investigation is not enough but there shold also be ‘fast track’ justice in these cases.

D’Mello also demanded that the Registrar should be empowered to cancel the sale deeds of the lands, if SIT finds that they were executed using forged documents.  He said that the State government should move a legislation in upcoming Assembly session empowering Registrar to cancel the sale deeds.

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