The Mangalore North police have registered three First Information Reports (FIRs) against retired High Court judge Justice Michael F Saldanha and others, following direction from the courts.According a report in Deccan Herald dated October 6, 2014, the former judge has been booked under IPC Sections 384 (Extortion), 385 (Putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion), 500 (defamation), 501 (printing matter known to be defamatory) and 506 (criminal intimidation) and Section 66(A) (sending offensive message) of Information Technology Act.
The action came in the wake of the direction of two courts before which advocate M P Noronha had filed private complaints. The advocate has filed a private complaint in the court of Second Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate of Mangalore and two complaints before the third JMFC, Mangalore.Noronha, in his complaints, has alleged that his reputation has been tarnished by the false and defamatory letters written by Justice M F Saldanha to various public authorities. He has also stated that a Kannada eveninger and a website had published baseless and false reports on him. “They had even published that Noronha’s anticipatory bail was rejected by the High Court in a case pertaining to St Aloysius Institutions, though he had not filed any such bail petition,” the complaint states.
According to the complaint, Justice Saldanha had a grudge against Noronha as the latter had successfully argued a case for the Jesuit priests of St Aloysius College. Justice Saldanha had sought an injunction order, which the court refused. The complaint states that in order to prevent Noronha from proceeding with the case, Justice Saldanha made false allegations against the advocate, which subsequently appeared in the local media. Four persons – Kiran, Shivaram, Kishan and Yamunappa – were arrested on June 26, 2014 following an FIR registered by the Mangalore North police stating that they were “involved” in demolition of a property on the premises of Aloysius Institutions. The names of three priests figured in the list of 40 accused persons. Going by the priests’ account, the police, it is understood, were under “tremendous pressure” to make arrests in the case. Left with no option, the police are said to have arrested “somebody” and booked them for rioting, dacoity, outraging modesty of woman among other charges. However, the CID, which conducted a parallel inquiry, dropped several charges against the arrested persons, for which they (arrested) were booked by the local police. The second JMFC court granted bail to all the four, ruling that the offence under Section 427 IPC (causing damage) was a bailable offence and the accused were in judicial custody for more than 90 days. Reference: https://www.deccanherald.com/content/434380/mangalore-cops-register-3-firs.html
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Justice Saldanha was booked for extortion, defamation, criminal intimidation by Mangalore Police.
Levelling false allegations appears to be a weapon that Justice Michael Saldanha uses to settle scores with people against whom he has a grudge. But, his false charges against advocate M P Noronha, who had successfully argued in favour of Jesuit priests of St Aloysius College, saw Mr Saldanha facing three FIRs filed by the Mangalore North Police.The retired judge had to face charges under various sections of the IPC for making false charges against advocate Noronha to deter him from arguing the case in favour of Jesuit priests of St Aloysius College.