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Vishwajit Rane, wife summoned in Aires case

By | 18 Mar, 2017, 01:04PM IST

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PANJIM :Judicial Magistrate First Class Panjim has summoned former Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane and his wife Divya Rane to appear in the court on March 20 in connection with the 2007 threat to kill case of advocate Aires Rodrigues.

Supreme Court of India on Janaury 10 this year had directed that the case filed against Vishwajeet Rane be revived.

Following the Special Leave Petition filed by advocate Rodrigues, SC had set aside the July 21, 2010 order of Bombay High Court at Goa which had quashed the charge sheet against  Rane while holding that an offence under Sec 506 (threat to kill) of Indian Penal Code was non-cognizable.

Advocate Rodrigues in his petition before the SC had challenged that decision of the High Court which had held that the Goa government had no powers to issue a notification making Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code cognizable. Rane was the minister in the Congress led cabinet in the year 2010.

The 73 page charge sheet was filed by the Old Goa Police against Rane under Sec 506 of Indian Penal Code for allegedly threatening advocate Rodrigues, but the sudden decision of the government had made the section non-cognizable.

However, the case is revived on the direction of the Supreme Court.