The state government has appointed district sessions judge B P Deshpande as special judge to deal with corruption cases investigated and chargesheeted by the crime branch (CB) and anti-corruption bureau (ACB) in Goa.
A notification in this regard was issued by the government on October 7. Court sources said the notification had reached the CBI court at Mapusa on Wednesday morning. Judge P V Savaikar had been presiding over corruption cases at the special CBI court.
In view of the notification, the special court for CBI in Goa at Mapusa, under Section 3 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988, directed all litigants, advocates and all agencies of the government, such as the criminal investigation department, special investigation team or any branch of the police to appear before the principal district and sessions judge North.
As per the directives of the Supreme Court, the special CBI court at Mapusa was set up on November 6, 2013, to expedite cases of corruption. The alleged disproportionate assets case against the speaker of the legislative assembly Rajendra Arlekar, the Margao bomb blast case, police station attack case against MLA Babush Monserrate, Serula comunidade fraud and the anticipatory bail application filed by former chief minister Pratapsingh Rane and his son MLA Vishwajit Rane came up for hearing before judge Savaikar.
The alleged disproportionate assets case against the speaker of the legislative assembly Rajendra Arlekar and the Margao bomb blast case, are some of the cases that came up before judge Savaikar.