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Anti-Defection Law: Goa shows the way!!!


A new dimension has now been added by the case of Babush Monseratte by not resigning the Taleigao seat and continuing as the member of the House. Probably Vishwajeet Rane is unable to take such a bold stand. His father being the Speaker of the House and in case of a disqualification petition, father sitting on son’s disqualification would be another first for our state which has been rightly avoided. READ

Sanatan can be banned with NIA chargesheet


At this stage, when the contents of the chargesheet are not known, if the NIA has enough evidence to prosecute persons under scheduled offences, then the evidence to declare association unlawful on the ground that its members undertake such activities is certainly available. READ

Special Status for Goa - A far Cry


To my mind, the demand to ban sale of property for residence and settlement is almost impossible in view of constitutional guarantee of residence and settlement. It has to be noted that the demand requires a change to the fundamental rights, something that is guaranteed to all the citizens of the country. READ

Remedy worse than disease ..


In the women’s’ reservation bill, it is almost clear that overwhelmingly MPs are opposed to the bill. It is argued that the bill amounts to sacrificing their seats. On the basis of selfish interest, the Members of Parliament are opposed to the bill. READ

Set up NIT at Bainguinim


There lies the scam... Though there is a move to drop Bainguinim as a garbage disposal site, the silence from every quarter is deafening. There are no murmurs from any NGO. The opposition parties are quiet. READ

Towards more tolerance


The Supreme Court has clearly answered the issue that hurting of popular sentiments leading to law and order problem cannot permit the state to restrict freedom of expression. READ

Rule of Law, not of Men


There are no two opinions that the state administration has over a period of time has become corrupt and on number of occasions have colluded with the mining lobby and the Real Estate Sharks. READ

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Cleofato Almeida Coutinho is a senior lawyer and one of the constitutional expert in Goa. A member of Law Commission of Goa, he also teaches at Kare College of Law in Madgao.


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