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Court Monitored Probe On Land Grabbing: JMFC Issues Notice To SIT
Saturday - Apr 15, 2023
Panjim Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Purva Naik today directed that notice be issued to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) at the Crime Branch seeking their reply to the petition urging that the Court monitor the probe being conducted by the SIT against 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. The Court adjourned the further hearing to 21st April.
In his petition filed under Section 156 (3) of the Criminal Code, Rawloo Khalap who is represented by Adv. Aires Rodrigues 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.
The F.I.R against Jit Arolkar under section 420 of IPC was registered at the Pernem Police Station 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. 

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