Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane was on Wednesday served a Supreme Court notice issued to him in the threat to kill case.
The notice gives him 30 days to show cause in a Special Leave Petition filed in the Supreme Court against him by activist lawyer Aires Rodrigues in the threat to kill case.
Mr. Rane is accused of having allegedly telephoned Mr. Rodrigues on July 31, 2007 and threatened to kill him.
A Division Bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice Altamas Kabir and Justice Cyriac Joseph had on December 13 directed issuance of notices to Mr. Rane along with the Chief Secretary of Goa and the Police Inspector of Old Goa Police Station.
The matter would now come up for hearing before the Supreme Court next month. In his petition before the Supreme Court, Mr. Rodrigues had challenged the Bombay High Court's order which had quashed the charge sheet against Mr. Rane in the said case.
A Division Bench of the Bombay High Court in Goa comprising Justice A.S. Oka and Justice F.M. Reis on July 21 last year while quashing the charge sheet against Health Minister, had held that an offence under Section 506 (threat to kill) of Indian Penal Code was non-cognisable.
Mr. Rodrigues had in his petition before the Supreme Court challenged that decision of the High Court which had held that the Goa Government had no powers to issue a notification making Section 506 cognisable.
It was Mr. Rodrigues' s case that when the Old Goa Police charge-sheeted Health Minister Mr. Rane under Section 506, the Goa Government suddenly took a stand that the section was non-cognisable.
The 73-page charge sheet was filed by the Old Goa Police against Mr. Rane under section 506 of Indian Penal Code for allegedly having threatened to kill Mr. Rodrigues.
The Old Goa Police in their charge sheet against Mr. Rane named nine witnesses.