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Minister, Cong MLAs to seek help of Modi, Swaraj for Ryan’s release
SIOLIM: Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar and Congress MLAs have assured that they would seek the intervention of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in getting the release of Ryan D’Souza from a Dubai jail.
Ryan is one of the three convicted for forex trading scam by a misdemeanour court in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The assurance was made at the meeting organised to show solidarity to and pray for the freedom of Ryan, at St Anthony’s sports ground, Siolim, on Sunday. The meeting was attended by hundreds people.
Congress MLAs Nilkanth Halarnkar and Chandrakant Babu Kavlekar, and former Union law minister Ramakant D Khalap also attended the solidarity meeting.
Claiming that the issue not only pertains to the Ryan’s family and Siolkars, the speakers said it was a national issue and that the Centre should intervene and seek Ryan’s release.
Khalap said, “We don’t know what exactly happened, but I will contact the Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and will submit the required documents related to the case. I will also collect all the official details of the case from Consulate General of India at Dubai, with all consular requirements and will request the Central government to submit a petition and intervene in the case.”
Terming Ryan’s punishment of 517 years in jail as a “monstrous” sentence, Khalap said, “We are with Ryan, the Congress party and the whole of Goa is with him. Let’s hope that he returns home.”
Kavlekar said, “We need to first find out on what basis the Dubai Court held Ryan guilty and sentenced him to 517 years in jail. Congress will provide whatever support Ryan needs. We will also contact the External Affairs Minister of India and after following the legal procedures, we will ensure that justice is delivered to Ryan.”
Observing that he cannot comment on the Dubai Court verdict, Palyekar said that he has learnt from Additional Solicitor General Atmaram Nadkarni that there is a legal procedure through which Ryan can be released. “After consulting Prime Minister Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, we will take legal measures,” he said.
“Sentencing Ryan to 517 years in jail is unfortunate. I along with Goa Forward Party leader Vijai Sardesai and Additional Solicitor General Nadkarni will meet PM Modi and Sushma Swaraj next week to discuss Ryan’s release. Our government will provide all possible help and I appeal to the people to pray for Ryan’s freedom,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ryan's family claimed that he is innocent and the Dubai court verdict as unfortunate. Ryan was working as an accountant in the company and was not involved in any fraud, they said.