HC issues directives

PANAJI – In the petition filed by Michael Anthony Mannion challenging the Look Out Circular (LOC) dated 11th March, 2008Â issued by the State Government, the High Court has given respondents time for a period of three weeks to take appropriate decision. The matter has been fixed for hearing on 16th June, 2008.
The Central Bureau of Investigation informed the court that although the state government has issued necessary notification giving consent to take over the Scarlett’s case under Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, l946, the central government is yet to issue notification under Section 5 of the said Act.Â
The concerned authorities will have to apply their mind and take appropriate decision for which three weeks time has been given by the court.
Only thereafter the investigation agency will be in a position to disclose whether the present petitioner will be required or not for further investigation in the matter.
Petition was filed by Mannion to quash the LOC as the same had served its purpose and that the indefinite continuity would affect the vested legal rights of the petitioner enshrined under Art. 21 of the Constitution.
According to the petitioner he has deposed as a witness both in front of the police and the Judicial Magistrate First Class, Mapusa under Section 164 of CrPc and therefore LOC should be lifted.
The petitioner had also stated that his father is terminally ill with various ailments and therefore needs to return back home to take care of his ailing father.
Thursday, May 22, 2008


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