Lawyer and activist Aires Rodrigues has said that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had approved the closure of the corruption case against Shobha Dhumaskar, former Director of Prosecution.
Releasing information obtained from the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) under the Right to Information Act, he told presspersons here on Thursday that Bosco George, Superintendent of Police, ACB, on May 6 proposed that the case be closed as the evidence against Ms. Dhumaskar was weak though there was merit in the complaint.
On the same day, Amarsen Rane, Director of Vigilance, directed that the matter be placed before the government for deemed fit decision. On May 7, the Chief Secretary sent the file to the Chief Minister with a request that the closure of the case be approved. Mr. Parrikar gave the approval on the same day.
Mr. Rodrigues said this was in contravention of his government’s policy of ‘zero tolerance to corruption.’
Judge Anuja Prabhudesai of the Special Court will hear Mr. Rodrigues on June 4 before deciding whether to direct the ACB to charge sheet Ms. Dhumaskar or to allow the case to be closed.
An FIR was registered against the former Director of Prosecution on the directions of the Special Court under the Prevention of Corruption Act after a petition was filed against her by Mr. Rodrigues alleging corruption and loss to the State exchequer.
The complaint pertains to the leasing of a 76 sq m flat in Panaji in a manner showing undue favouritism and causing loss to the State exchequer.
‘Closure of case is against government’s zero-tolerance policy towards corruption’ Anti-Corruption Branch found the evidence against Ms. Dhumaskar ‘weak’
‘Closure of case is against government’s
zero-tolerance policy towards corruption’
Anti-Corruption Branch found the evidence against Ms. Dhumaskar ‘weak’