Goa Govt refuses to ban Sanatan Sanstha
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 21:56
Panaji: The Goa Government on Tuesday said any decision on banning right-wing Hindu outfit Sanatan Sanstha will be taken after examining the chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency into the Margao blast case.

"Let Home department examine the chargesheet then only we will be able to draw a conclusion," Chief Minister Digamber Kamat told reporters at his official residence this evening.

"Filing chargesheet does not empower government to ban any organisation. Government has to ensure that it stands scrutiny of law," Kamat said, adding the state government will take any decision only after examining the chargesheet filed by the NIA in the Margao blast case.

"There are hundreds of cases (of ban) which are being challenged in the Supreme Court. We do not want to take any hasty decision," he said.

NIA had filed the chargesheet before district court on Monday indicting 11 accused -- two of whom have died and five absconding -- in Margao bomb blast and a conspiracy to have serial blasts in the state.

Public Prosecutor S B Faria, representing NIA, has already submitted a copy of chargesheet to the Home department for scrutiny, sources said.

Sanatan Sanstha was under scanner after its activists were found involved in the Margao blast that occurred on Diwali eve last year. Two Sanatan activists had died on the spot while ferrying explosives and four were arrested by the Goa Police during investigation.


First Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 21:56

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