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11 years later, driving licence forgery accused gets acquitted
Times of India | 1 day ago | |
Times of India
1 day ago | |

Panaji: Eleven years after two men were accused of forging a driving licence for registration of a new motorcycle in Mapusa, a north Goa court acquitted one of the accused Vaman Dessai. The first accused Birbal Gurjar, in whose name the forged driving licence was produced as genuine at the office of the assistant director of transport prior to August 2009, Mapusa for registration of a new motorcycle, already expired.The prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Dessai had forged the driving licence, the court found. The original specimen writing which was sent to the handwriting expert was misplaced during the shifting of the police station, the investigating officer submitted to the court.The court was told that the handwriting on the questioned signature as well as on the specimen tallies with each other and is the same as that of accused Dessai, but the court found other missing links in the case.“The questions as to how, why and where did accused Dessai forged the said licence which was allegedly used by Gurjar remained unanswered. Nothing has come on record which would answer the said questions. Even the relation of Gurjar and Dessai, or how the latter came in possession of a MDL allegedly forged by Gurjar is not come on record in the prosecution evidence,” the court stated.It added that except for the report of the handwriting expert, there is no other evidence that links the accused to the present offence.“As such though, the handwriting experts opinion is relevant and can be used for corroborative purposes but in the present case the linking facts of the case have not been brought on record by the prosecution so as to make the report of the handwriting expert reliable in order to establish the prosecution case beyond reasonable doubt,” stated Judicial Magistrate First Class, 'F' Court, Mapusa, Teisy Mascarenhas.

11 years later, driving licence forgery accused gets acquitted
Phogat death: Mapusa court grants bail to 2 held in case
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

Panaji: A Mapusa court on Monday granted conditional bail to two persons who were arrested in a narcotics case connected to the Sonali Phogat case — room boy Dattaprasad Gaonkar and alleged drug peddler Rama Mandrekar. Earlier, the court had granted conditional bail to Edwin Nunes, who ran and managed Curlie’s, the shack at the centre of the Phogat murder case.Anjuna PI Prashal Dessai said that the bail was granted by the additional sessions court, Mapusa.In the aftermath of Phogat’s death, Anjuna police had registered a separate case against four persons. Three of these were arrested, but Anjuna police are yet to arrest Sudhir Sangvan and Sukhwinder Singh — who were arrested in the murder case — in the narcotics case.While Nunes was arrested after meth was found in a Curlie’s toilet, Gaonkar allegedly supplied the drugs to the two main accused, while Mandrekar supplied the drugs to Gaonkar. Anjuna police approached the high court of Bombay at Goa challenging the sessions court order granting judicial custody to the three accused arrested in the narcotics case. The Anjuna PI said that the case is pending in the high court.Phogat arrived in Goa on August 22 with Sangwan and Singh. They allegedly purchased a narcotic substance at the hotel and consumed them before they went to Curlie’s to party.At Curlie’s, Phogat started feeling uneasy, and she later returned to the hotel along with the accused. Initially she was reluctant to go to the hospital, but as her health started deteriorating, she was shifted to the hospital where she was declared brought dead.The CBI on Sunday recreated the scene of the crime at Curlie’s, where Phogat was allegedly drugged, and at the Leoney Grand Resort, in Vagator, where the TikTok star had stayed with her aides after arriving in Goa.The CBI constituted two teams and placed one at the resort and one at Curlie’s to recreate the scene of crime. The investigating agency took a video and photos of the crime scene. The team included forensic experts.

Phogat death: Mapusa court grants bail to 2 held in case
Days before defection, Goa body gave police nod to prosecute Lobos
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

PANAJI: The North Goa planning and development authority (NGPDA) has granted its approval to Mapusa police to prosecute Calangute MLA and former leader of opposition Michael Lobo, and his wife, Siolim MLA Delilah Lobo, in the alleged land filling case at Parra. The NGPDA falls under TCP minister Vishwajit Rane. The Lobo couple were among the eight former Congress MLAs who defected to BJP on Wednesday. A senior government official said that the permission to go ahead with the prosecution was given before the Lobos joined BJP. Michael said on Saturday that the case was political as he was in the “other party”. “There was no land filling. It is agricultural land, and if they want, I will remove that mud. It is an access for other farmers to take agricultural equipment to other fields.” FIR was filed against Lobo, wife for illegal land filling at ParraMapusa police had written to the TCP department seeking permission to prosecute the Lobos. The department then forwarded the request to the NGPDA, which granted its consent. Mapusa police inspector Paresh Naik confirmed that they have received the letter from NGPDA with regards to prosecution. In May 2022, Mapusa police had registered an FIR against the Lobo couple for illegal filling of land at Parra. The FIR had been registered based on a complaint filed by NGPDA. The Lobos have been booked under Section 17B of the Goa Town and Country Planning Act, 1974, under which the offence is punishable with imprisonment of one year and fine of Rs 1 lakh or both. The FIR had stated that the illegality was carried out at Parra prior to November 11, 2020, when Michael was a minister in the BJP government. He held the waste management and science and technology portfolios from July 2019 till he resigned and switched to Congress ahead of the 2022 polls. Any land area which is 50cm or lower from the adjoining ground area is classified as low-lying. The NGPDA had told the police that it had received a complaint from Rama Matondkar that the land had been filled up with mud up to four meters. The NGPDA had said that an inspection confirmed the illegality.

Days before defection, Goa body gave police nod to prosecute Lobos
RTI pleas: Chief secy seeks ex-MMC chief officer’s reply
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

Panaji: Upon directions of the State Information Commission (SIC), the chief secretary has sought a written explanation from the former chief officer of Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) Clen Madeira for not disposing first appeals filed before him under Section 19 (1) of the Right to Information Act, 2005. The SIC, in the same matter, had directed the director of municipal administration to seek clarification from public information officers (PIO) of MMC for failing to provide the information within 30 days, and instruct the PIOs to act in accordance with the provisions of the RTI Act. Accordingly, director of urban development Gurudas Pilarnekar, in a memorandum issued on September 5, directed the PIOs and assistant PIOs of MMC to ensure that RTI matters are dealt with in a time-bound manner. Any lapses on the part of the officers will be considered as dereliction of duties which will be specifically noted, and in such cases, action as deemed fit under the rules will be initiated, he stated. Under secretary to chief secretary Pranab G Bhat, in a letter issued to Madeira, the then first appellate authority, MMC, has stated that the SIO observed that he did not dispose first appeals filed before him by Jawaharlal T Shetye, a resident of Khorlim, Mapusa within the mandatory period of 45 days in conformity with Section 19(6) of the RTI Act. SIO Sanjay Dhavalikar in an order passed on August 11 while disposing four appeals filed by Shetye had observed that Madeira, the former chief officer and first appellate authority of MMC repeatedly failed to dispose first appeals.The said failure is considered as dereliction of duty and repeated instances of dereliction of duty should not go unpunished, the commission stated. The SIC had directed the present PIO to furnish the requested information to the appellant within 30 days and had asked the chief secretary to seek a written explanation from Madeira for not deciding first appeals in conformity with Section 19(6) of the RTI Act.

RTI pleas: Chief secy seeks ex-MMC chief officer’s reply
Goa: Let brothers settle the matter amicably: Suella Braverman’s mom to CM Pramod Sawant
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

PANAJI: In a new twist to the 'land grab' concerning UK home secretary Suella Braverman's ancestral property, her mother Uma Fernandes on Tuesday wrote to the state government requesting it to allow her husband Christie Fernandes and his brother Fr Ayres Fernandes to settle the matter amicably. Her letter comes days after the SIT probing the Goa land scam registered an FIR in the case based on a complaint by Christie himself, who alleged that the ancestral land had been grabbed. In her letter to CM Pramod Sawant, director general of police (DGP) Jaspal Singh and the NRI commissioner, Uma wrote, "I am Uma, the wife of Christo (Christie)... I am a named legal signatory who has given the power of attorney to my brother-in-law Fr Ayres Fernandes through the UK embassy, certified by the Goa deputy collector in 1991. After the completion of the inventory of the properties, the appropriate share (was) given to Fr Ayres Fernandes, Christo Fernandes, Melba Fernandes, and Yolanda Fernandes." Uma said that the sale deed was executed by Ayres with R9 Ventures for property bearing survey no 252/3 dated February 20, 2018, and 253/3 dated January 18, 2019, of Assagao, and the payment was made to Ayres and family by cheque. After three months of the execution of the sale deed, my husband Christo revoked the power of attorney to Ayres following some private internal fraternal dispute. However, I remain the named signatory of the power of attorney to Ayres,” Uma said. The case came to light earlier this month, after the SIT registered the FIR following Christie's claim. In his July 27 letter, he wrote that “an inventory case was filed without my knowledge, and I was represented in the said case by someone who claimed to be my power of attorney”. However, days after the FIR was filed, TOI reported that the land in question was sold by Ayres after Christie gave him the power of attorney. But after the sale deed was executed, Christie revoked the power of attorney through a public notice, and later filed the suit at a local court in Mapusa. Uma, in her letter on Tuesday, said that proceedings in this case have been on since 2019. “We are very happy and have full faith in the Mapusa D-court proceedings, and we want it to continue without any further input from the NRI commission or sensational media coverage from now on,” she wrote. “Thank you for your understanding in this very personal fraternal matter, and allow the two brothers to settle their misunderstanding amicably.”

Goa: Let brothers settle the matter amicably: Suella Braverman’s mom to CM Pramod Sawant
Suella’s dad revoked power of attorney after land was sold
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

Panaji: Two days after police registered an FIR in an alleged land grab case concerning the ancestral property at Assagao of UK home secretary Suella Braverman following a complaint by her father, Christie Fernandes, documents with TOI show that the land was sold by Christie’s brother Fr Ayres Fernandes.Christie had given a general power of attorney to his brother, who executed the deed of sale for two properties.But less than a month after Ayres sold the properties, Christie revoked the power of attorney through a public notice and later filed a civil suit at a local court in Mapusa.Documents perused by TOI reveal that Christie and his wife Uma gave the general power of attorney to Ayres on May 18, 1991, and Christie revoked it on March 9, 2019. But before the revocation, Ayres executed the deed of sale in both properties on January 18, 2019, and February 20, 2019. Two families held ownership of the two properties under survey numbers 253/3 and 252/3, with a total area of around 20,000 sqm. Two-thirds of it belonged to Braverman’s family and the remaining one-third belonged to Filomena Fernandes, an aunt of Christie.In 2018, Ayres approached the real estate developers R9 Ventures for the sale of properties. The developers asked for a family inventory, which was completed in December 2018.In the meantime, the developer purchased Filomena’s share on May 28, 2018.Following the family inventory, Ayres executed the sale deed with the builder for the two family properties in January and February 2019, respectively.Soon after the sale deed was executed, Christie revoked the power of attorney given to Ayres through a public notice.“This notice is given to the public in general that I, Cristo Santana Godfrio Fernandes alias Christie G. S. Fernandes alias Cristo Fernandes, son of late Roque Claudio Maaquis Fernandes, aged about 72 years, married, service and residing at H no 52, Ravenscraft Avenue, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 9TL, London, have revoked and cancelled the general power of attorney dated 16/4/1991 executed before the high commission of India, London, and adjudicated before the collector of Goa dated 17/5/1991, executed in favour of my brother Father Ayres Fernandes,” the public notice said.Issued on March 9, 2019, the notice further said that the inventory proceeding bearing no 417/2018/D and the mutation carried out in respect of survey no 252 sub-division no 3 and survey no 253 sub-division no 3 of Assagao are being challenged.On April 24, 2019, Christie filed a civil suit at Mapusa court challenging the family inventory.After the state government formed an SIT to look after land grabbing cases in Goa, Christie wrote to chief minister Pramod Sawant and DGP Jaspal Singh on July 27 this year stating that “an inventory case was filed without my knowledge, and I was represented in the said case by someone who claimed to be my power of attorney”.Christie also claimed that he was not issued any notice at his residential address in the UK. “The fraudsters have also usurped and sold the said property without giving any recognition or consideration to me. I even understand that a sale transaction in respect of my said ancestral land was done before filing and conclusion of the inventory proceeding,” Christie had said in his complaint. The SIT then registered an FIR under Section 420 (cheating) IPC against unknown persons.Meanwhile, R9 Ventures, who purchased the entire property of around 20,000 sqm, sold part of it to another developer. Both are constructing villas, which are nearing completion.

Suella’s dad revoked power of attorney after land was sold
Phogat probe: SP’s order to dySP to take charge remains on paper
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

Panaji: The investigation into the high-profile “murder case” of Haryana BJP functionary and TikTok star Sonali Phogat seems to be dragging with deputy superintendent of police (DySP) Jivba Dalvi yet to take charge of the probe. Though North Goa superintendent of police (SP) Shobhit Saksena had issued an order on September 1, directing Dalvi to take over the probe and send a report to him every week, nearly 10 days later it is still the Anjuna police inspector who is handling the case.“Jivba Dalvi SDPO Mapusa is hereby directed to take over the investigation of Anjuna PS crime no. 134/2022 under Section 302 r/w 34 IPC and send the progress report of the case every week to this office,” the SP (North) had said in his September 1 order.Though a Goa police team visited Haryana and seized Phogat’s personal diaries, they have been unable to ascertain the motive behind her murder.On August 30, chief minister Pramod Sawant had said that the investigation has been ‘upgraded’ and a DySP is heading the probe, but till date, all that has happened is an order by SP (North).“PI Anjuna is hereby directed to handover the case paper to SDPO Mapusa with up-to-date case diary. Prashal Desai PI Anjuna PS, PI Theron D’Costa of crime branch and PSI Francis Xavier of Anjuna PS should assist the SDPO Mapusa for further investigation of the case,” Saksena said in the order.Saksena said there are three investigating officers in the case and that they are now analysing the investigation. “We are confident of filing a chargesheet,” he said.The police custody of both the accused — Sudhir Sangwan and Sukhwinder Singh — in connection with the Phogat murder case will get over on Saturday and they will be sent to judicial custody. A maximum of 14-day police custody is given to any accused.A senior police officer said once the accused is sent to judicial custody there is limited opportunity for a new investigation officer to interrogate the accused. The officer said the only way a new investigation officer can now interrogate them is by arresting the duo in the narcotics case, under which they have also been booked, and then question them.

Phogat probe: SP’s order to dySP to take charge remains on paper
Porvorim TMC poll candidate held by SIT for forging land documents
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

Panaji: The SIT probing the state’s land grab scam on Friday arrested Sandeep Vazarkar — who had contested the 2022 assembly election from Porvorim as a TMC candidate — for allegedly forging land documents and cheating to the tune of Rs 27 lakh.Crime branch SP Nidhin Valsan said that an FIR was registered in June at the Mapusa police station based on a complaint by Porvorim resident Purshottam Agarwal.Valsan said that between November 2018 and August 2021, Vazarkar dishonestly induced Agarwal to buy landed property in survey number 21/31 at Sangolda.Valsan said that Vazarkar “fraudulently carried out documentary and monetary transactions towards the sale and transferring of legal rights in respect of land property survey number 21/31 of Sangolda with the complainant and his wife Laxmi, by virtue of agreement for sale with promise to sell the property”.The SP said that Vazarkar accepted a total of Rs 27 lakh through various transactions, which were entrusted by the complainant and his wife and after which the accused cheated the complainant. The crime was transferred to SIT for investigation.“During the course of investigation, Vazarkar was apprehended from Panaji and placed under arrest,” Valsan said, adding that he “is also involved in similar property-related offences”. A local court granted bail on a personal surety of Rs 50,000, and on the surety of two others of Rs 25,000 each.In December 2021, Mapusa police had arrested Vazarkar in connection with the alleged Serula comunidade land grab case. In January, Porvorim police arrested Vazarkar in two cases of alleged cheque bouncing in Dehradun. Police said that after they received two bailable warrants from a Dehradun court for execution, they summoned Vazarkar to the police station.On the eve of the 2022 assembly election, Vazarkar quit BJP and joined TMC after Porvorim MLA and tourism minister Rohan Khaunte was inducted into BJP. Vazarkar contested on a TMC ticket and after losing the assembly election, he quit TMC.Until 2019, Vazarkar was a close aide of Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte.

Porvorim TMC poll candidate held by SIT for forging land documents
Goa police team brings Sonali Phogat’s personal diaries from Haryana
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

PANAJI: A Goa police team that visited Haryana to investigate the Haryana BJP functionary Sonali Phogat murder case has seized her personal dairies. Anjuna police are perusing them for clues. Police said that the team which, was in Haryana for about a week, returned to the state on Wednesday with five of Phogat personal dairies. The team has recorded the statements of her family and staff. Police said that the team has also collected Phogat’s bank account statement. Meanwhile, JMFC, Mapusa, on Thursday granted additional two days police custody to the two accused — Sudhir Sangwan and Sukhwinder Singh — in the Phogat murder case. Police told the court that custody of the accused was needed to cross verify with the investigation conducted by the team that went to Haryana. Goa police have still not been able to ascertain the motive behind the murder. Police said that the dairies could throw some light on the entire case. The TikTok star and Bigg Boss contestant was declared brought dead at a private hospital in Anjuna on August 23.

Goa police team brings Sonali Phogat’s personal diaries from Haryana
  • Goa police team brings Phogat’s personal diaries from Haryana
  • Times of India

    Panaji: A Goa police team that visited Haryana to investigate the Haryana BJP functionary Sonali Phogat murder case has seized her personal dairies. Anjuna police are perusing them for clues.Police said that the team which, was in Haryana for about a week, returned to the state on Wednesday with five of Phogat personal dairies. The team has recorded the statements of her family and staff. Police said that the team has also collected Phogat’s bank account statement. Meanwhile, JMFC, Mapusa, on Thursday granted additional two days police custody to the two accused — Sudhir Sangwan and Sukhwinder Singh — in the Phogat murder case. Police told the court that custody of the accused was needed to cross verify with the investigation conducted by the team that went to Haryana.Goa police have still not been able to ascertain the motive behind the murder. Police said that the dairies could throw some light on the entire case. The TikTok star and Bigg Boss contestant was declared brought dead at a private hospital in Anjuna on August 23.

Sonali Phogat murder case: Additional two-day police custody to accused
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

PANAJI: The JMFC, Mapusa on Tuesday granted additional two days police custody to the two accused - Sudhir Sangvan and Sukhwinder Singh - in connection with TikTok star and Haryana BJP leader Sonali Phogat murder case after Goa police said that the accused are not cooperating with the investigation and not revealing the motive of murder. Anjuna police submitted before the court that the statements of the witnesses have been recorded and more statements are to be recorded. Earlier, the accused were remanded to 10 days police custody. Anjuna police submitted that during police custody the accused person were thoroughly interrogated.

Sonali Phogat murder case: Additional two-day police custody to accused
  • Phogat murder: Police challenge judicial custody
  • Times of India

    Panaji: Anjuna police on Monday approached the high court of Bombay at Goa challenging the sessions court order granting judicial custody to the three accused arrested in the narcotics case linked to the Sonali Phogat murder case. Police had arrested Edwin Nunes who manages and runs Curlies, Dattaprasad Gaonkar who allegedly supplied drugs to the accused in the Phogat case and Rama Mandrekar who supplied drugs to Gaonkar. Nunes was arrested after drugs were recovered in the Curlies toilet.Last week, the sessions court at Mapusa had remanded all the three accused in seven day judicial custody. PI Anjuna Prashal Dessai said that they had sought eight day police custody, but court has sent them to judicial custody. Dessai said during the hearing of bail application of Nunes, Anjuna police made a statement before the court that they will require some time to file say and they will approach high court to challenge the sessions court order granting judicial custody and accordingly we have approached high court.Phogat’s brother Rinku Dhaka had demanded a CBI inquiry into his sister’s death, and had alleged in his police complaint that Phogat was murdered with an intention to take over her properties and financial assets, and to finish her political career.“The cause of death to the best of our knowledge and belief is reserved pending chemical analysis, histopathology and serological reports of the tissues preserved. However, there are multiple blunt force injuries over the body. In view of the above, the manner of death is for the investigating officer to ascertain,” a panel of Dr Sunil Chimbolkar and Dr Mandar Kantak had said after conducting Phogat’s autopsy.Initially Goa police had registered a case of unnatural death and following the autopsy report, Anjuna police registered a case of murder and arrested two persons.

  • Phogat murder case: Goa Police visits house of prime accused in Rohtak
  • The Indian Express

    A Goa Police team investigating the murder of BJP leader Sonali Phogat Sunday visited her personal assistant and prime accused Sudhir Sangwan’s house in Rohtak. The team later went to a flat in Gurgaon that Sangwan and Phogat had rented.Police investigations have revealed that the two had stayed at the apartment before leaving for Goa. At Sangwan’s house in Rohtak, the police found his passport and made inquiries.A two-member Goa police team reached the Emaar Gurgaon Greens society in Sector 102 Gurgaon around 2.30 pm and left by around 7.30 pm. They were accompanied by police personnel from local police station of Gurgaon. Four members of Phogat’s family were also present. Sources said the police team seized some jewellery, watches, a passport, a mobile phone, and some documents from the flat.A Goa police officer told media persons, “We have seized several things that we thought were important including jewellery, documents…we searched a car parked in the society…we have recovered the driving licence of Sudhir. We will examine the things that have been seized and see what emerges and accordingly, conduct the probe.”Sandeep Phogat, President RWA of Emaar Gurgaon Greens, said, “Sudhir had rented a flat in the society on June 1. The lease agreement of the flat is in his name.”Sonali Phogat, a BJP leader from Haryana’s Adampur constituency, died in Goa on August 22. Preliminary investigation suggested that the cause of death was forcible drug overdose.On her family member’s complaints, Goa police had registered a case on charges of murder against Sudhir Sangwan and his friend Sukhwinder. Phogat was allegedly administered methamphetamine, and some left-over drug was recovered from the restaurant’s washroom, Goa police had said earlier.Phogat’s family, however, has been hinting at a “larger political conspiracy” behind her death and has accused Sangwan of murdering her with a motive to grab her property. They accompanied the Goa Police to Gurgaon and have been demanding a CBI probe in the case.Sonali had contested the 2019 assembly polls from the Adampur constituency in Hisar on a BJP ticket but lost to then Congress candidate Kuldeep Bishnoi. In her 2019 election affidavit, she had declared her total assets worth Rs 2.74 crore. However, her family now claims that the current market value of her total assets was far more than what was declared in her election affidavit.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxHer family members have also said that they would be filing a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a CBI probe if the Goa Police do not hand over the investigation. Despite a letter from Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar urging a CBI probe in the case, Goa’s chief minister Pramod Sawant has so far not agreed on that and had maintained that the “Goa police’s investigation was going in the right direction”.It has been five days since a team of Goa police has been visiting several places in Haryana while investigating Sonali’s murder. They have earlier been to her farmhouse and her residence and office in Hisar. They also visited the banks where she had her bank accounts. The Goa police also visited Hisar’s tehsil office to verify the property-related documents that Sonali had in her name. The Goa police team have also recovered a bunch of papers that indicate that Sudhir Sangwan was trying to take Sonali’s land on lease.The team had reached Hisar on Wednesday in connection with the probe as part of which they had visited Phogat’s farmhouse and house in Sant Nagar. They also collected Phogat and Sangwan’s bank and property details.

  • Goa Police inspects Phogat’s farmhouse; kin bat for CBI probe
  • The Indian Express

    A Goa Police team, in Haryana to investigate the alleged murder of BJP leader Sonali Phogat, on Wednesday inspected her farmhouse at Dhandhoor, about 10 km from Hisar. The team also spoke with Sonali Phogat’s teenage daughter.The team is also likely to visit a flat in Gurgaon where Phogat had stayed with her personal assistant Sudhir Sangwan before going to Goa. Phogat, 42, was brought dead to a hospital in North Goa on August 23, a day after she arrived in the coastal state with two other people. The Goa Police have said Phogat was administered methamphetamine drugs at a restaurant hours before her death. So far, they have arrested five people.Haryana police said full cooperation is being extended to Goa police in the case. “Goa Police officials are here to gather more clues in their ongoing investigation. We are cooperating with Goa Police. Sonali’s laptop and a mobile phone have been recovered. The DVR of the farmhouse CCTV cameras, which her family members were apprehending stolen, has also been recovered from the farmhouse,” a Haryana police spokesperson said.Meanwhile, members of the Dhaka Khap reached the farmhouse and raised slogans against the Goa Police and carried placards demanding a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation.“We are not satisfied with the investigations being conducted into the Sonali Phogat case. If the family’s demand for a CBI probe is not met, we will not hesitate to launch an agitation,” said a ‘khap” member. The Haryana government has already written to the Goa government to recommend a CBI probe in the case.Phogat’s nephew Maninder told reporters that the visiting Goa team has recorded the statements of the family members.Haryana BJP chief O P Dhankar also met the Phogat family and assured them that he will again ask the state government to urge Goa to recommend a CBI probe. Both states are BJP-run.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inbox“We reiterated our demand for a CBI probe,” Kuldeep Phogat, a relative, said after Dhankar met the family.“We demand a CBI inquiry for a fair probe. So many days have passed. The Goa police should have been able to establish the reason for her murder by now. Only a CBI probe can bring out the truth,” he said.The family members plan to meet Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday to demand a CBI probe. If the inquiry is not ordered, family members will go to Delhi and raise their demand with the Centre, a relative said.

  • Goa Police inspects Phogat’s Hisar farmhouse; kin press for CBI probe
  • The Indian Express

    A Goa Police team, in Haryana to investigate the alleged murder of BJP leader Sonali Phogat, on Wednesday inspected her farmhouse at Dhandhoor, about 10 km from Hisar. The team also spoke with Sonali Phogat’s teenage daughter.The team is also likely to visit a flat in Gurgaon where Phogat had stayed with her personal assistant Sudhir Sangwan before going to Goa.Phogat, 42, was brought dead to a hospital in North Goa on August 23, a day after she arrived in the coastal state with two other people. The Goa Police have said Phogat was administered methamphetamine drugs at a restaurant hours before her death. So far, they have arrested five people.Haryana police said full cooperation is being extended to Goa police in the case. “Goa Police officials are here to gather more clues in their ongoing investigation. We are cooperating with Goa Police. Sonali’s laptop and a mobile phone have been recovered. The DVR of the farmhouse CCTV cameras, which her family members were apprehending stolen, has also been recovered from the farmhouse,” a Haryana police spokesperson said.Meanwhile, members of the Dhaka Khap reached the farmhouse and raised slogans against the Goa Police and carried placards demanding a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation.“We are not satisfied with the investigations being conducted into the Sonali Phogat case. If the family’s demand for a CBI probe is not met, we will not hesitate to launch an agitation,” said a ‘khap” member.The Haryana government has already written to the Goa government to recommend a CBI probe in the case.Phogat’s nephew Maninder told reporters that the visiting Goa team has recorded the statements of the family members.Haryana BJP chief O P Dhankar also met the Phogat family and assured them that he will again ask the state government to urge Goa to recommend a CBI probe. Both states are BJP-run.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inbox“We reiterated our demand for a CBI probe,” Kuldeep Phogat, a relative, said after Dhankar met the family.“We demand a CBI inquiry for a fair probe. So many days have passed. The Goa police should have been able to establish the reason for her murder by now. Only a CBI probe can bring out the truth,” he said.The family members plan to meet Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday to demand a CBI probe. If the inquiry is not ordered, family members will go to Delhi and raise their demand with the Centre, a relative said.

Khaunte moots 2 dy collector offices for Bardez, cites better delivery of services
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

PANAJI: Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte on Monday said that delivery of services to the people would improve if there are two deputy collector offices for Bardez. “Just as there are two deputy superintendent of police for Bardez, looking after separate villages, a similar mechanism would help if there are two deputy collectors designated for separate areas as Bardez is huge for administrative purpose” Khaunte said after Independence Day celebrations in Mapusa. Stating that he had studied this issue when he was revenue minister, Khaunte said chief minister Pramod Sawant and revenue minister Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate have been updated about the matter and that an appropriate decision will be taken by the government. To a question on the proposal for having a new administrative building, Khaunte said the chief minister will decide on it. He also stated that Porvorim will get a new traffic cell as parts of the constituency, especially the highways and the plateau, have many traffic issues and a dedicated team is required to take care of them. Speaking after unfurling the National Flag at Mapusa, Khaunte said that the ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’, ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ and ‘Partition Horror Remembrance Day’ are some of the initiatives to inculcate a sense of patriotism among youth and give them a sense of direction. Khaunte who is also the IT minister said that the National Education Policy (NEP) will revamp the education system giving students wider options to choose from as their study discipline, thus giving them more opportunities in future.

Khaunte moots 2 dy collector offices for Bardez, cites better delivery of services
Goa: Five-month-old girl killed at Sirsaim, parents arrested
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

PANAJI: A five-month-old girl was allegedly beaten to death at Sirsaim on Saturday night. Colvale police have registered a murder case and arrested the parents. Police suspect the baby was killed as she was the second girl child born to the couple. “Sudhan Gondlekar, 42, and Arminda Dora Fernandes, 32, have been arrested in connection with the murder,” Colvale police inspector Somnath Mahajik told TOI. He said both the parents are trying to blame each other for the baby’s death. Mahajik said the baby was killed on Saturday night at their rented house at Sirsaim, on the outskirts of Mapusa. The couple’s two-year-old daughter was at her grandparent’s place in the same village, he said. During the early hours of Sunday, the father arrived at the Colvale police station with the baby who had multiple injuries. Police immediately shifted her to the North Goa district hospital in Mapusa, where she was declared dead. The body was later shifted to the Goa Medical College. Mahajik said the cause of death would be confirmed after the postmortem is conducted on Monday. Police said during the initial investigation it has come to light that both parents were not happy with the birth of the second girl child. Police said when the infant’s father reached home at around 10.30pm on Saturday, he saw that the baby was not making any movements. Mahajik said that initially the parents were in two minds whether to dispose of the body or to report the incident to police. “Later the father made a decision to report the incident to police and he came to the police station along with the baby,” he said. Police said the father is a coconut plucker, while the mother is a homemaker.

Goa: Five-month-old girl killed at Sirsaim, parents arrested
  • Five-month-old girl killed at Sirsaim, parents arrested
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    Panaji: A five-month-old girl was allegedly beaten to death at Sirsaim on Saturday night. Colvale police have registered a murder case and arrested the parents. Police suspect the baby was killed as she was the second girl child born to the couple.“Sudhan Gondlekar, 42, and Arminda Dora Fernandes, 32, have been arrested in connection with the murder,” Colvale police inspector Somnath Mahajik told TOI. He said both the parents are trying to blame each other for the baby’s death.Mahajik said the baby was killed on Saturday night at their rented house at Sirsaim, on the outskirts of Mapusa. The couple’s two-year-old daughter was at her grandparent’s place in the same village, he said.During the early hours of Sunday, the father arrived at the Colvale police station with the baby who had multiple injuries. Police immediately shifted her to the North Goa district hospital in Mapusa, where she was declared dead.The body was later shifted to the Goa Medical College. Mahajik said the cause of death would be confirmed after the postmortem is conducted on Monday.Police said during the initial investigation it has come to light that both parents were not happy with the birth of the second girl child. Police said when the infant’s father reached home at around 10.30pm on Saturday, he saw that the baby was not making any movements.Mahajik said that initially the parents were in two minds whether to dispose of the body or to report the incident to police. “Later the father made a decision to report the incident to police and he came to the police station along with the baby,” he said.Police said the father is a coconut plucker, while the mother is a homemaker.

Goa: Court junks former Congress president’s plea for FIR against 10 ex-MLAs
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

PANAJI: A Mapusa court has dismissed the application of former Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar who was seeking directions for an FIR to be registered for cheating and forgery against 10 of its former MLAs who merged with BJP in 2019. Chodankar had alleged that they forged documents for the purpose of producing it in a disqualification petition which was then pending before the speaker of the legislative assembly. The court relied on the order passed by the high court in a writ petition between the same parties in which the order of the speaker was maintained by the high court. “Thus, there is no element of forgery for which no direction can be given to the respondent to register the FIR,” stated Shilpa S Pandit, JMFC, A-Court, Mapusa. “Merely because the letter head and the seal of the said committee is used for preparing the resolution, it cannot be said that the persons named therein have committed any forgery in creating the said resolution. That being so, no cognisable offence is made out in the complaint of the applicant. Hence, no FIR can be registered for any such offence alleged in the application,” the court added. The court observed that on July 10, 2019, when the resolution was passed to merge with BJP, all the persons who allegedly committed forgery were members of the GPCC and that being so had access to the letter head and seal of the committee. Public prosecutor R Barreto contended that none of them have alleged that their signatures on the resolution are forged. “That being so, it is an admitted position that said letter is signed by them all. Hence, there is no question of any forgery for which the complaint can be registered,” the court held. Chodankar had lodged a police complaint on April 20 last year alleging that the 10 MLAs conspired and fraudulently created a false document claiming to be a resolution of the GPCC and purportedly passed in the meeting of the GPCC held on July 10, 2019 to merge GPCC with BJP. He alleged the resolution was falsely created using counterfeit letter head and counterfeit seal of GPCC. Despite Chodankar’s complaint no FIR was registered, his counsel S Vaingankar submitted to the court.

Goa: Court junks former Congress president’s plea for FIR against 10 ex-MLAs
Cabbie held for molesting TN tourist in Anjuna
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

Panaji: Anjuna police have arrested a taxi driver for allegedly molesting a woman tourist from Chennai. DySP, Mapusa, Jivba Dalvi said that on Friday night, the tourist, from Chennai, landed at Goa International Airport, Dabolim, and boarded a shared cab to Anjuna.While the other passengers got down at Panaji, she proceeded to Anjuna, Dalvi said, adding that while she was alighting, the taxi driver molested her by grabbing her.She immediately ran into the villa, and lodged a police complaint on Saturday.“Upon receipt of the complaint, the taxi number was identified by police and the driver, Mithun Shrikant Gaur, a native of Gulbarga, Karnataka, was apprehended and placed under arrest,” Dalvi said.Within two hours of lodging the complaint, PI Prashal Dessai and PSI Sahil Warang arrested the driver. Further investigations are in progress.

Cabbie held for molesting TN tourist in Anjuna
  • Goa: Cab driver held for molesting tourist in Anjuna
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    PANAJI: Anjuna police on Saturday arrested a taxi driver for allegedly molesting a woman tourist from Chennai. Deputy superintendent of police (DySP), Mapusa, Jivba Dalvi, said that on Friday midnight, the tourist, a woman from Chennai, landed at Goa International Airport, Dabolim, and boarded a shared cab to Anjuna. While the other passengers got down at Panaji, she proceeded to Anjuna, Dalvi said, adding that while she was alighting, the taxi driver molested her by grabbing her. She immediately ran into the villa, and lodged a police complaint on Saturday. “Upon receipt of the complaint, the taxi number was identified by police and the driver, Mithun Shrikant Gaur, a native of Gulbarga, Karnataka, was apprehended and placed under arrest,” Dalvi said. Within two hours of lodging the complaint, PI Prashal Dessai and PSI Sahil Warang arrested the driver. Further investigations are in progress.

Not to tender Kala Academy’s repair work was PWD’s decision, says Goa’s art and culture minister Govind Gaude
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

PORVORIM: Putting the onus on the PWD department, art and culture minister Govind Gaude said that it was the PWD that moved a cabinet proposal not to seek tenders for the restoration of the Kala Academy for an about of Rs 50 crore. Gaude provided the information during a discussion in the Goa Legislative Assembly. Gaude continued to justify the decision not to tender the work, saying that 60% of the work does not fit into the Goa Schedule of Rates or the Central PWD manual. “We never asked for the work to be given on nomination basis but in order not to waste time and to reopen Kala Academy as quickly as possible, PWD gave a suggestion to give it on nomination basis,” said Gaude. “There is a cabinet noting that says that ‘either you can take the work on nomination basis or float the tender’. PWD wrote and recommended to the cabinet that the work should be given on a nomination basis.” Gaude said he is willing to table the cabinet note written by the art and culture department in the floor of the House. Gaude, who recently faced flak for his remark that the Taj Mahal was not tendered, said that he continues to stand by his statements. “Whatever statement I have made in the floor of the House is true to my knowledge. This specialised work cannot be found in the GSR or the CPWD,” he said. He also said that Ravindra Bhavans will be built at Mapusa, Pernem and Sanguem. “As soon as the land is identified and acquired, first priority for Ravindra Bhavan will be given to Mapusa, Pernem and Sanguem. We have already worked this out,” said Gaude. He also said that technical sanction for the Vasco Ravindra Bhavan has been obtained.

Not to tender Kala Academy’s repair work was PWD’s decision, says Goa’s art and culture minister Govind Gaude
  • Not to tender KA repair work was PWD’s decision: Gaude
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    Porvorim: Putting the onus on the PWD department, art and culture minister Govind Gaude said that it was the PWD that moved a cabinet proposal not to seek tenders for the restoration of the Kala Academy for an about of Rs 50 crore. Gaude provided the information during a discussion in the Goa Legislative Assembly. Gaude continued to justify the decision not to tender the work, saying that 60% of the work does not fit into the Goa Schedule of Rates or the Central PWD manual. “We never asked for the work to be given on nomination basis but in order not to waste time and to reopen Kala Academy as quickly as possible, PWD gave a suggestion to give it on nomination basis,” said Gaude. “There is a cabinet noting that says that ‘either you can take the work on nomination basis or float the tender’. PWD wrote and recommended to the cabinet that the work should be given on a nomination basis.” Gaude said he is willing to table the cabinet note written by the art and culture department in the floor of the House. Gaude, who recently faced flak for his remark that the Taj Mahal was not tendered, said that he continues to stand by his statements. “Whatever statement I have made in the floor of the House is true to my knowledge. This specialised work cannot be found in the GSR or the CPWD,” he said. He also said that Ravindra Bhavans will be built at Mapusa, Pernem and Sanguem. “As soon as the land is identified and acquired, first priority for Ravindra Bhavan will be given to Mapusa, Pernem and Sanguem. We have already worked this out,” said Gaude. He also said that technical sanction for the Vasco Ravindra Bhavan has been obtained.