By Aires Rodrigues
As expected no action by the Government has been forthcoming against that outrageous bungalow belonging to BJP national spokesperson Shania NC which has brazenly come up within the heritage precincts at Old Goa. The issue which is now entangled in the long drawn legal web which will drag on for decades and somehow save the illegal structure from the axe by finding a convenient way out, possibly even through a foul government ordinance.
It is clear that the Government from the inception has been tacitly shielding that monstrous bungalow at Old Goa by allowing the loopholes in the law for litigation by that politically well connected BJP leader. There was never the will nor the intent of the government to demolish this blatant illegality built in broad daylight. All those involved in fraudulent acts and forgery to facilitate that construction with the blessings of the BJP government in Goa and the Centre will now have the last laugh. The Truth must prevail. Ultimately, justice must be done and be seen to be done without favour or fear! If the government practices one law for one and another law for the other, then how can it expect the people to respect and abide by the law! Which law?
The authorities have also conveniently abdicated in their bounden responsibility by not acting against all other illegal structures that have come up at Old Goa with political patronage destroying the sanctity and solemnity of this UNESCO world heritage site. The rule of law and respect for local and internationally designated sites of great value and significance must be respected and protected at all times.