Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday alleged in the state Legislative Assembly that the lower judiciary in the state was paying scant regard to the provisions of law. "It is disturbing that in disregard to the provisions of law which have been held to be mandatory and in sheer disregard to the judgements of the High Court/Supreme Court, some orders are passed, paying scant regard to the provisions of the law," Parrikar said while responding to a calling attention motion moved in the House.
"My government cannot countenance such a position and would not be a mute spectator to such illegality," he added. Congress legislator Mauvin Godinho had moved a motion expressing apprehensions about the contradictory decisions of various courts in the matter of filing criminal complaints in regards to dual citizenship issue. Those Goans who have their birth registered in Portugal are considered to be having dual citizenship, thereby debarring them of their primary right like voting in India.
The Chief Minister said we agree that we need a vibrant judiciary, adding that a strong judiciary helps the democracy to survive and that it has done a great job in many matters by their intervention. "But we cannot certainly watch the trampling of Constitutional distribution of powers," he said. "These acts are a serious matter and sharing the concern of the House, the government will bring the same to the notice of Chief Justice of India as well as Chief Justice of the High Court and move for appropriate corrective measures and remedial measures," he said. "If necessary and if exigencies of law so permit the reorientation of these officers by the High Court would be requested to train them well and thereafter allow them to start judicial duties," he added.
The Chief Minister also alleged that some of the activists, whose antecedents and motives are highly questionable, are blackmailing and witch-hunting by filing false cases against persons occupying high positions merely to embarrass them or to blackmail them. "Government has taken a serious note of these things happening in the state and is thinking of appropriate corrective measures in this regard," Parrikar added.