Tuesday, August 04, 2009

RTI reveals Goa bureaucrats burnt midnight oil to save minister

Senior Goa government bureaucrats burnt the proverbial midnight oil to ensure that Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane was not arrested after he was accused of threatening to kill a lawyer, response to a Right to Information (RTI) query has revealed. A controversial file on the subject moved by Goa Advocate General Subodh Kantak June 30, was cleared the same day after office hours sometime between 5.30 p.m. till midnight. Kantak sought that charges against hundreds of people booked under Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code since May 2004 - including Minister Rane - be dropped
on a single technicality. While special secretary (home) Diwan Chand made his noting on the file sometime after 5.30 p.m., Law Secretary V.P. Shetye cleared the file at 9.15 p.m. The file was subsequently forwarded with seeming displeasure by Chief Secretary Hauzel Haukhum to Home Minister Ravi Naik and then on to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, who cleared it the same night. The chain of events is revealed in the handwritten notings of the senior bureaucrats and top political executives.

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