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Parrikar to move SC over dismissal

February 10, 2005 23:24 IST

Former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said he would file a petition in the Supreme Court on Friday seeking reinstatement of his government.

The Goa government was dismissed by the Governor S C Jamir more than a week ago.

"My lawyers will be filing a petition in the Supreme Court tomorrow (Friday). We are seeking reinstatement of the government and declaration that the governor's action was mala fide. Since it was an arbitrary action, fundamental rights would also come into the picture," Parrikar said.

Explaining the delay in filing the petition, Parrikar said, "We wanted to make sure there were no lapses on our side and all the documents were intact,"

Parrikar, however, did not give details of the petition.

He said it would be wrong to release the details before it was filed in the apex court.

The Bhartiya Janata Party had on Sunday said it would file the petition in the Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court, but Parrikar refused to give a clear answer about the change in decision.

He said, "I am filing my petition in the Supreme Court. Someone may file a petition in the high court as well."

Meanwhile, Sebastian Zumvu, the officer on special duty to the governor, on Thursday filed his reply to the complaint against him of contempt of the House. He was also charged with breach of privilege in front of Speaker Vishwas Satarkar.

Sources said his reply stated that matters like contempt of the House ought to be taken up in the House itself and not outside the purview of the Assembly.

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