log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday TUESDAY JUNE 28, 2022 GOA Trimming of trees: Departments pass the buck Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 14 pages PRICE ` 6 2 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO.11 GOA Ex-Crime Branch SP impersonated, bizman asked to pay Rs 1 lakh hafta 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INFO Synesthesia: Seeing shapes when you hear music! Land grab: Collectors asked to freeze ‘deals’ in 90 cases LIST OF PROPERTIES WITH SURVEY NUMBERS TO BE PUBLISHED THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The two district collectors have been directed to freeze all transactions, whether conversion, mutation or sale, in relation to some 90-odd properties in Goa which have come under the scanner of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) for fraudulent deals in the past, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Monday. Sawant said, the list of these properties with details including the survey number will be published so that the public and those with legal interest in these properties are aware. The Chief Minister was speaking to the media after chairing a high-level meeting to review the ongoing investigations into multiple frauds IN SHORT >> CM: Decision on IIT campus soon PANAJI: The jinxed issue of finalising a site to locate the campus of IIT could finally thread towards a solution soon with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant saying that a decision will be taken after a joint inspection of a nearly 8-lakh square meters land identified in Sanguem. >> See pg 3 130 fresh Covid cases reported PANAJI: Goa reported 130 fresh Covid-19 infections in a single day on Monday at a worrying and rising positivity rate of 14.3%. The health bulletin said 909 samples were tested and 130 of these were positive for the coronavirus. Prez poll: Sinha files nomination NEW DELHI: Former union minister Yashwant Sinha filed his nomination on Monday as the common opposition candidate against NDA nominee Droupadi Murmu for the July 18 presidential election, a contest described by his supporters as a battle of ideologies. WEATHER >> Max: 27 C Min: 23 C Humidity: 92% TIDES Low: High: 04.05 16.65 11.25 21.40 Govt exploring law to take over ‘no-man’ properties: Sawant PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that his government will explore enacting a legal provision by which land where owners are dead and there are no legal heirs claiming ownership will vest in the government. Sawant said, the investigations have revealed that it is such type of properties where owners or legal heirs do not exist that have been pried upon for fraudulent appropriation. He said the legal provision can be such that there is recourse for a legal heir to claim rights in the future in such properties which are vested in the government. related to land deals being conducted by the SIT. Besides Sawant, the meeting was attended by Revenue Minister Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate, Chief Secretary Puneet Kumar Goel, Direc- tor General of Police (DGP) Jaspal Singh, Revenue Secretary Sandeep Jacques, the two district Collectors and SIT head Superintendent of Police (Crime) Nidhin Valsan, IPS. Goa govt may come up with The properties wherein the owner is dead or there are no legal heir will be taken over because these are most susceptible to frauds —Pramod Sawant, CM amendment to the Act to take over no man’s property in the State. The properties wherein the owner is dead or there are no legal heir will be taken over by the government because these are the properties most Journalist Zubair arrested for ‘derogatory’ tweet POLICE SAY IT WAS DELIBERATE, MALICIOUS ACT INTENDED TO OUTRAGE RELIGIOUS FEELINGS PTI TWEET TROUBLE NEW DELHI Fact-checking website Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair was arrested by the Delhi Police on Monday for allegedly hurting religious sentiments through one of his tweets, officials said. Earlier this month, a case against Zubair was registered under sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, language etc.) and 295A (deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings) of the IPC, K P S Malhotra, Deputy Commissioner of Police, said. Opposition leaders, including former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government over Zubair’s arrest. The Alt News co-founder was arrested in connection with one of his recent tweets that had a questionable image with a purpose to deliberately insult the god of a particular religion, the DCP said. Police said the case was registered on the complaint of a Twitter user who accused Zubair of hurting religious sentiments. Alt News co-founder Pratik Zubair was arrested in connection with one of his recent tweets that had a questionable image Police said the case was registered on the complaint of a Twitter user who accused Zubair of hurting religious sentiments Zubair’s tweets were getting re-tweeted and it appeared that there was a brigade of social media who indulged in hate mongering Sinha alleged that Zubair was arrested in a case for which no notice was given by the police, which is mandatory under law for the sections under which he has been held. “Zubair was called today by Special Cell, Delhi for investigation in a 2020 case for which he already had a protection against arrest from High Court. However, today at around 6.45 pm, we were told he has been arrested in some other FIR for which no notice was given which is mandatory under law for the section under which he has been arrested. “Nor FIR copy is being given to us despite repeated requests,” Sinha said in a statement posted on Twitter. In another tweet, he al- leged that after the medical examination, Zubair was being taken to an undisclosed location. “...Neither Zubair’s lawyers or I are being told where. We are in the police van with him. No police person is wearing any name tag,” Sinha alleged. Police in a statement said Zubair was “evasive” on their questions and neither provided the “necessary technical equipment” for the purpose of the investigation nor cooperated in the case. “During investigation, the conduct of Mohammed Zubair was found questionable, which warranted his custodial interrogation to unravel the conspiracy in this matter. Accordingly, he has been arrested,” the statement said. susceptible to frauds, said Sawant. Thus far, the SIT has collated information related to 92 properties which were fraudulently transferred. “I can say that one gang operating to execute such land frauds has been apprehended,” Sawant said, adding that another such meeting where ministers holding charge of departments involved besides other top officials will be held in the coming days. Sawant also said, that the government will cancel all transactions done with these properties and no further transactions will be allowed. “Those who are buyers of these properties can approach the respective collectors with their claims,” Sawant said. >Continued on P5 Relief to Sena rebels, SC stays disqualification PTI NEW DELHI In a relief to rebel Shiv Sena lawmakers, the Supreme Court Monday kept in abeyance the disqualification proceedings before the Deputy Speaker of the Maharashtra Assembly till July 12 and sought responses to pleas by rebel MLAs questioning the legality of notices seeking their disqualification. The top court, however, refused to pass any interim order on the plea of the Maharashtra government that there should not be any floor test in the Assembly and said they can always approach it in case of illegality. A vacation bench of Justices Surya Kant and J B Pardiwala directed the Maharashtra government to protect the life, liberty, and property of 39 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs and their family members. While issuing notice to the Maharashtra deputy speaker, the top court directed him to put on affidavit records of no trust notice served upon him by rebel MLAs. The top court also recorded the statement of Maharashtra’s counsel that adequate steps have been taken to protect the life and property of rebel MLAs. Senior advocate N K Kaul, who appeared for the rebel MLAs, said that atmosphere is not conducive for these MLAs in Mumbai as they have been threatened. P’yat polls delayed due to rains, State tells HC THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Bombay High Court at Goa has concluded hearings in the petition challenging the decision of the Goa government to effectively postpone the Goa panchayat polls after it failed to issue the notification meaning the polls are yet to be held despite the term of the panchayats having expired on June 18 this year. When the matter came up for hearing, State Advocate General Devidas Pangam told the court that the decision to delay the elections was taken on account of the fact that the monsoons are currently underway in the state making it nigh impossible to conduct the elections during this period and instead suggested that WHAT HIGH COURT SAID… All concerned are obliged to ensure that the newly elected body is installed in every local body before the expiry of 5 years term Court made it clear that this constitutional mandate is inviolable Neither SEC nor the State or Legislature can countenance dispensation to the contrary We are satisfied that the State Government cannot defeat the constitutional mandate by refusing to issue a Notification in terms of Rule 10 of the said Rules Therefore, the Rules made under the Panchayat Raj Act must yield to the constitutional mandate they would be held after September. After hearing the stance of the State government the Bombay High Court at Goa reserved the matter for orders which are expected to be de- livered this week itself. Hearing a petition filed by Sandeep Vazarkar, a former sarpanch of Socorro village, the High Court had earlier pointed to the “constitutional mandate” as laid down by the Supreme Court which made it clear that all concerned are obliged to ensure that the newly elected body is installed in every local body before the expiry of 5 (five) years term of the outgoing elected body. The Court made it clear that this constitutional mandate is inviolable. The State Election Commission had earlier told the Court that they were of the opinion that elections should have been held on time, but instead because the Goa government didn’t issue a notification “Neither the State Election Commission nor the State Government or, for that matter, the State Legislature, including the Supreme Court, in the exercise of powers under Article 142 of the Constitution of India can countenance dis- pensation to the contrary,” the High Court observed. “We are satisfied that the State Government cannot defeat the constitutional mandate by refusing to issue a Notification in terms of Rule 10 of the said Rules. Therefore, the Rules made under the Panchayat Raj Act must yield to the constitutional mandate,” the High Court said. Vazarkar had filed a petition before the High Court to direct the state government to complete the process of elections to the Village Panchayat Socorro for the term 20222027, now that the term of the Panchayat has concluded. He also challenged the appointment of a Statistical Assistant in the office of the >Continued on P5 9 SPORTS Mayank to join Indian Test squad in England as cover for Rohit 14 Assembly records destroyed while shifting, admits CM MAKES CASE TO DIGITISE CURRENT DOCUMENTS THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday disclosed all old records of the Goa Legislative Assembly were destroyed while shifting from the old Assembly to the new complex and requested the Speaker, Ramesh Tawadar to make efforts to digitise all the records of the State Assembly. Sawant said that when he first became the Speaker he felt the need to digitise all records of the Assembly and had also initiated a move in that direction. He said today it is impossible to listen to the speeches of Goa’s first CM, Dayanand Bandodkar or ex-MLA Kashinath Zalmi who was one of the best legislators as those records have not been preserved or destroyed. “My request to the Speaker that at least the present records should be digitalised so that future MLAs can get to lis- 4 Cong MLAs attend inaugural, abstain from training session MAPUSA: Leader of Opposition, Michael Lobo and three other Congress MLAs who are supposedly close to him including his wife attended the inaugural function of the training programme for MLAs on Monday at a starred resort in the capital city but abstained from the training session. The Aam Aadmi Party MLAs – Venzy Viegas and Cruz Silva – and the lone MLA of Revolutionary Goans, Viresh Borkar also stayed away from the two-day training session which began on Monday. >> See pg 3 ten to the speeches for learning,” Sawant said. The Chief Minister was addressing a gathering of MLAs during the training session for first-time legislators in a starred resort in Panaji. Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly Ramesh Tawadkar and Secretary of Goa Legislature Namrata Ulman were also present. Sawant said that old re- cords including speeches should be preserved so that future young MLAs could use it as a reference point. He said unfortunately all old records of the Goa Legislative Assembly were destroyed when the Assembly was being shifted from the Adil Shah’s Palace, the old Assembly in Panaji to the new assembly >Continued on P5 Here’s the U-turn: Tax exemption to Pastor’s luxury car revoked THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Eight years after granting an exemption in taxes to a Mercedes Benz car, the transport department has directed a Christian pastor Dominic D’Souza from the Domnic and Joan Ministries of Sodiem, Siolim to pay an amount of Rs 6.03 lakh. “You are directed to pay the government an amount of Rs 6,03,559 lakh forthwith i.e. within a week of receipt of the notice,” said the notice issued by the assistant director of transport on June 21. It may be recalled that D’Souza had been recently booked on charges of forced religious conversion and was immediately released on bail. His trust is reported to have purchased a Mercedes Benz B 180 CDI car at an estimated cost of Rs 30 lakh and an additional Rs 30,000 for registration number of one’s choice. The transport department had issued a show-cause no- tice on June 3 and conducted a hearing on why its decision in 2014 to waive road tax on his car should not be revoked. As per the existing Motor Vehicle Act, Rule 22 (I) (xii) states that charitable trusts and NGOs are exempted from tax benefits that D’Souza availed. However, the comptroller auditor report had stated that waiver of tax for a luxury car had caused in loss of revenue to the government by exempting a luxury car.
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