Two Habitual Offenders Booked under Goonda Act
Mangaluru: In the interest of law and order and on recommendations from the police officials of the respective jurisdiction, two habitual offenders from the city have been booked under the Goonda Act.
The order has been issued by city police commissioner M Chandra Sekhar.
They are Kabir aka Kabir Kandavara (30), son of Hasanabba residing in Kaikamba and Raja aka Japan Manga (21), son of the late Erappa, residing in Devinagar in Kunjatbail.
Kabir is already facing four grave charges including murder and attempt to murder in different stations in the city. He has been sent to Mysuru central jail.
In order to keep his criminal activities under check, Bajpe sub-inspector Nagaraj, ACP central subdivision Uday Nayak and DCP (law and order) north subdivision K M Shantaraju had submitted their report and recommendation for action against him.
Raja aka Japan Manga has five serious cases like extortion, murder and attempt to murder filed against him in different police stations in the city. He has been booked under the Act and sent to Hindalga central jail in Belagavi.
Report and recommendation in the matter had been submitted by rural police inspector Muhammed Sharif, ACP south Shruti N S and DCP (law and order) K M Shantaraju.
The Goonda Act:
The Karnataka Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Drug-offenders, Gamblers, Goondas (Immoral Traffic Offenders, Slum-grabbers and Video Pirates) Act 1985 is more commonly known as the Goonda Act.
A few years ago, it was amended to include a new category, that of video and audio pirates, under the Indian Copyright Act 1957 and the Information Technology Act 2000.
Legal experts and police say that the following rules will apply to anyone charged under the Goonda Act.
1. He / she cannot file a bail application for charges in any previous case.
2. No one, including his / her lawyers and relatives, can visit him / her in the jail.
3. Only the DGP of prisons is competent official to approve of such a visit.
4. He / she cannot question his / her detention under the Act, except through a caveat in the state high court much before the invocation of the Act.