PANAJI: Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Purva Naik today fixed for 29th April final arguments on a petition filed by Rawloo Khalap seeking a Court monitored investigation in the probe being conducted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) at the Crime Branch investigating the land grabbing by Mandrem MLA Jit Arolkar who is accused of having grabbed land admeasuring 1, 48,800.00 sq. mtrs situated at Village Dhargal in Pernem of which Mapusa based 77-year-old Rawloo Khalap is a co-owner.
In his petition filed under Section 156 (3) of the Criminal Procedure Code, Rawloo Khalap represented by Adv. Aires Rodrigues has submitted that though the F.I.R was registered against Jit Arolkar way back on 26th October 2020 the police have been dragging their feet in the investigation as the accused enjoyed political patronage and is now an MLA supporting the government.
SIT Police Inspector Suraj Samant in his reply to the Court today has stated that more time is required for investigation as he has been entrusted with eight other land-grabbing cases and that it would be unjust if he doesn’t give proper justice to this case.
PI Suraj Samant in his reply has further stated some more documents are awaited from the Town & Country Planning Department and Pernem Sub-Registrar for further investigating the matter. The F.I.R. against Jit Arolkar under section 420 of IPC was registered at the Pernem Police Station on 26th October 2020 and was later transferred to the Economic Offences Cell of the Goa Police while it is now with the SIT at the Crime Branch.
A Division Bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa on 1st March this year dismissed the petition filed by Jit Arolkar seeking quashing of the F.I.R against him in connection with this land grabbing case.