Saturday, 21 October, 2017
   Govt hikes salary of GMC lecturers from 55k - 95k & Assistant Lecturers from 45k to 80k per month   CM Parrikar asks RTO clarification on dumping important documents on roadside, to file case for dumping garbage on highway   RTO'S MAKESHIFT OFFICE ALONG THE OLD GOA BY-PASS ROAD   Sign lease pacts with CCP at the earliest: Mayor to market tenants   ST strike: KTC suspends bus trips to Maharshtra   Goan disability activist wins national award   First pvt ferry services to begin from Nov   Late rains, chocked drains spell doom for farmers in Aldona

Under the radar

Cops need to demonstrate urgency rnin tackling cases of fraudulence

05th March 2017, 05:49 Hrs
The news of the arrest of Moses João Fernandes, a much sought after man in connection with three cases of land fraud -- most famously that of Dr Otilia Mascarenhas’ house -- after a hunt of more than three years is a mixed bag.
Moses was, according to the police, picked up from a shack at Arossim on the evening of March 1, where he was working as a cook and escaped the police net living a ‘nomadic’ life doing odd jobs in exchange for meals until finally his luck ran out.
While the arrest of Moses is no doubt welcome, he being one of the first names to come to light no sooner the news of the fraudulent deals broke, it is indeed surprising that the Goa Police took so long to arrest him.
For a man to be able to remain under the radar despite it 
being public knowledge that he is a wanted man in a case that has made headlines is indeed bemusing. More than anything, it raises questions on the urgency being displayed by the 
police in these cases -- three of them have come to light, but there could be more. In cases where relatives and heirs are abroad and uninterested in ancestral land or there are no legal heirs, there is no one 
to file a case or contest the fraudulent sale.
One will recall how the alleged ‘mastermind’ Mohammed Sohail who is believed to have approached people like Moses and 
Estevan D’Souza to sign on documents pretending to be buyers, sellers and power of attorney holders in exchange for sums of money, was granted bail after spending barely weeks behind bars.
The fact that Moses secured anticipatory bail no sooner Dr Otilia filed her case (before it was handed over to the Economic Offences Cell) also speaks volumes of the efficacy of the police only adding to the suspicion that there are bigger and possibly even political players involved in this.
It is imperative now, that the police do not squander this opportunity of renewed focus on the case more than three years after it created headlines to fast track it and ensure that the chargesheet is filed as quickly as possible. Not only do the police have to do their job well, they also need to demonstrate that they are indeed doing their job well.

Related news

Dumping documents

RTO should be pulled up for showing scant regard towards confidential data of citizens Read more

Schools to merge

Govt needs to introspect on why enrollment is dropping Read more

Top News

Bastora underpass to miss yet another deadline

The overbridge along NH17 cum underpass at Bastora was expected to be thrown open by Dec-end; New deadline set for March 2018 Read more

Govt unveils one-time benefit scheme for freedom fighters

Applicants to be settled after written undertaking n Freedom fighters once settled will not be eligible for pension Read more