By Aires Rodrigues
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) which is currently probing the rampant fraudulent land grabbing that has been going on in Goa must be allowed to function free of political interference. But with at least two current Ministers, some ruling party MLAs, and BJP leaders too all being part of the mafia of land grabbers it would require a retired High Court Judge to be appointed to monitor this probe and to ensure fairness and independence in the investigation.
This SIT’s fate should not be the same as the one which was appointed to investigate the mega illegal mining scam.
The fraudulent grabbing followed by sale and transfer of property with forged and fabricated documents has been going on with political patronage besides the tacit involvement and connivance of some advocates, notaries and government officials all being part of this well organized crime.
In this modus operandi, dead persons have been shown as alive and vice-versa while this grabbing of land has been going on undeterred in broad daylight.
The SIT is duty bound to probe every case of land grabbing and fraudulent sale regardless of the size of the property and without fear or favour. Every Property must be restored to the rightful owners and the perpetrators of these crimes must be mercilessly punished regardless of how politically well connected they may be. It is vitally important that the findings and action taken in every case must be transparent and readily accessible to the people and not swept under the carpet. Crime must not pay. Justice must not only be done but be seen to be done.