Retired High Court judge M F Saldanha retired from service in 2004. But, continues to use the emblems of Karnataka and Bombay High Courts in the letters, e-mails and his other written communication.
Though Justice Saldanha studied law and not medicine, he goes on the describe, in paragraph No 8, that Fr Albuquerque suffered various injuries including a violent blow to the side of the head, which had caused not only crack fractures, but also a “minor haemorrhage”, besides the severe injury in the pelvic area, where the bone was fractured and the right leg was dislocated and was hanging loose. Apart from providing a description of injuries, Mr Saldanha
also hints that Bishop William was behind the violent attack as Fr Albuquerque was last found mobile when he was picked up by the Bishop a day before he died on March 3, 2020. The moot question which begs an answer is how can Justice Saldanha make such claims about the specific injuries to Fr Albuquerque without laying his hands on a copy of the post mortem report. These allegations yet again expose Mr Saldanha’s antipathy towards Bishop William who has been the target of his attacks.
Justice Saldanha, who claims to have more than 40 years of experience in the judiciary, mentions that Fr. Albuquerque had complained to him many times and he was extremely frightened of William and his mafia. Mr Saldanha also claims that Fr Albuquerque feared for his life and for no reasons he used to be called to different police stations, made to sit for hours and then threatened with dire consequences if he did not tender an apology to Bishop William and withdraw the complaint. Why did Justice Saldanha, who was very close to Fr. Albuquerque, chose against filing a complaint at police station about threat from Bishop William and the alleged Mafia? Also, why doesn’t Justice Saldana produce the confidential complaint which Fr. Albuquerque prepared to give to police commissioner as it will invariably throw more light about the incident and Fr Albuquerque’s relationship with Bishop William.