BASURI DESAI spoke to Kashinath J Shetye and tried to find out the reason for his HAMMER AND TONG ways
: How and why have you been into activism despite being a government servant?
: 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?
: How you manage about leave to appear in court while working as a junior engineer?
: 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.
: You have been called as a blackmailer. how do you react?
: 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.
: How you manage huge number of cases in terms with the expenditure being a government servant?
: 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.