The Goa bench of the Bombay High Court has issued notices to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Chief Secretary of Goa and other respondent authorities in a petition that questions the legality of a public meeting that took place at Goa’s Dabolim Airport upon BJP president Amit Shah’s arrival.
The bench of Justice FM Reis and Justice Nutan Sardessai issued notice to all respondents seeking their reply on the averments made in the petition.
As reported earlier, the petition was filed by advocate Aires Rodrigues, who has contended that Dabolim Airport functions within a Naval airbase (INS Hansa), hence the meeting was a security breach and an FIR ought to be registered in this regard.
Referring to the said meeting, which was attended by Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar, Union Minister Sripad Naik, Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar, other ministers and MLAs, the petition contended that “for the first time ever in the history of our country”, a public meeting was organised by a political party within the high security precincts of an airport.
The petition stated that the arrangements for the said meeting were made at the entrance of the airport and police personnel “conveniently looked the other way while the law was being blatantly breached”.
Other respondents in the said petition were Director General of Police, Panaji, Director, Airport Authority of India, Dabolim Airport and Deputy Commandant, Central Industrial Security Force.