Margao blast accused allege Goa Minister fabricated evidence
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 07, 2010, 16:05
Panaji: Four accused in Margao bomb blast case have alleged that Goa Home Minister Ravi Naik was involved in fabricating and manipulating evidence in collusion with police in the case and have sought a speedy trial.

In an application moved before the district and sessions court on Thursday, Sanjiv Punalkar, the lawyer representing the four accused, said they would be producing evidence and witnesses to prove the allegations against Naik.

When contacted, Naik said that he will not comment on the issue as the matter is sub-judice.

Claiming that they had evidence to prove "personal involvement of Naik in fabricating and manipulating evidence in collusion with officials of Ponda Police Station", Punalkar said that any delay in the trial may hamper their attempt to expose the alleged involvement of the minister.

The four accused-- ---Vinayak Patil, Vinay Talekar, Dhananjay Ashtekar and Dilip Mangaonkar-- have moved the application for speedy trial under NIA Act.

The application said the NIA Act, 2008 made it mandatory for the trial to be conducted in a special court when an agency probed any scheduled offence. The lawyer said the accused are ready for daily trial without adjournment.

"It becomes necessary, mandatory and obligatory that the court shall hold trial on day-to-day basis on all working days," the application said.

Punalkar said that the accused had no objection to district and sessions court hearing the case in absence of a special court. "We hope that the judge will grant day-to-day hearing," he said.

Six persons, all affiliated to Sanatan Sanstha, were arrested following a blast in Margao on Diwali eve in 2009.

The National Investigating Agency (NIA) has filed charge sheet against twelve accused in the case, of which four are still on the run. Two of the accused were killed in the explosion.

The application will be taken up by the court on August 13.


First Published: Saturday, August 07, 2010, 16:05

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