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‘I am here to fight the misdeeds’

13 Aug 2017 06:06am IST

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BASURI DESAI

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13 Aug 2017 06:06am IST

Report by
BASURI DESAI

BASURI DESAI spoke to Kashinath J Shetye and tried to find out the reason for his HAMMER AND TONG ways

HERALD: How and why have you been into activism despite being a government servant?

Shetye: I am approaching judiciary with the misdeeds which I find in the society and public life as a citizen of the country and every citizen has the right to do so. My shops in Porvorim were closed by then minister Dayanand Narvekar. I approached the court and got the shutters up. Then, I realised that the common man has an option of approaching the court instead of praying before the politicians. I had applied for leave to take my family on tour which was rejected by the then minister. I did the same, I approached the High Court to get my leave sanctioned. I realised the power of dirty politics and the power of judiciary. This is the reason why I am here for anyone who is in distress.

People come to me with information, I file an RTI and help them in filing cases. Even Manohar Parrikar gave me information to files cases which I have done in the past, does that mean I was paid by him? 

HERALD: How you manage about leave to appear in court while working as a junior engineer?

Shetye:  I have got all my leaves sanctioned in advance and then I appear in the courts. Leaves are my right and I am availing it, nobody is doing me a favour. If I am wrong let the government prove the same in their so called inquiry. I am ready to face any inquiry. 

HERALD: You have been called as a blackmailer. how do you react?

Shetye:  Anyone can allege anything against anyone in a  democratic setup, but it needs to be proved. Let the government prove whatever allegations against me made by the law-makers. 

Herald: How you manage huge number of cases in terms with the expenditure being a government servant?

Shetye:  Many people approach me with the hope that I will be their  petitioner. The numbers have increased because of that. I am not paying any money. They pay. I only appear for the final hearing. 

Other cases which I have filed along with others, I don’t need an advocate. I argue my cases myself and whenever an advocate is required, it is provided by the court as amicus curiae. 


      



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