Court directs FIR filed against Panaji mayor

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Panaji, Sep 3 (IANS) A trial court on Saturday ordered the registration of an FIR against Panaji Mayor Surendra Furtado for allegedly endangering lives by overcrowding a de-weeding boat that capsized in June this year.

The direction by the Judicial Magistrate First Class Panaji Pooja Kavlekar, followed a petition by a city lawyer who said Furtado had endangered lives by overcrowding the de-weeding boat, which capsized in the Campal creek in Panaji. No one was injured in the incident. The boat was carrying the mayor, officials and a media crew.

“The Court has directed the police to register an F.I.R under Sections 280 and 287 of the Indian Penal Code,” lawyer Aires Rodrigues told reporters.

The video of the capsizing boat had gone viral online.

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