Panaji: Goa Education Minister Atanasio
Monserrate has moved the Bombay High Court seeking transfer of
probe in the 2008 Panaji police station attack case to the
Special Investigation Team (SIT) from the CBI.
Monserrate moved an application before the Goa bench here
yesterday in the infamous case where he is alleged to have led
a mob of around 500 people, which attacked the police station
here on February 19, 2008, demanding release of a few of the
He also prayed that the trial in the Sessions Court in
the case should be kept in abeyance till his counter complaint
against Panaji police for ransacking his bungalow and
assaulting him and his family is registered.
Monserrate`s lawyer has said that the probe was carried
out without the investigating agency registering his complaint
against the police for ransacking the house and assaulting his
The matter will be heard on June 15 after the summer
vacations of the High Court. Monserrate, his wife Jeniffer and
35 others were chargesheeted by the CBI in the case wherein 30
policemen were injured.
The minister is also booked for inflammatory, inciting
and provocative speeches, forming unlawful assembly that
eventually turned violent, and restraining government servants
from performing their duties.