BANGALORE: The president of Catholic Association of South Kanara (CASK) Dr Derek Lobo has filed a forgery case against former Karnataka High Court judge M F Saldanha and one P B D’Sa, alleging the duo of trying to tarnish the image of CASK and its office bearers.
In a complaint filed with Mangalore North Police, Lobo stated that he was elected as president CASK at the annual general body meeting held on September 19, 2010. “Saldanha, the immediate past president of CASK for two terms, was coopted as member of the governing council for 2010-12. Ever since he failed to become president a third term, he has been hurling false accusations against CASK and its office bearers,” he alleged.
Lobo stated: “He published ‘The Report of the People’s Tribunal Enquiry’, in which he claimed to be the president of CASK and alleged that its present council is loyal to the saffron lobby and the Sangh Pariwar. Later, the council passed a resolution in its meeting on May 3, 2011, declaring that Saldanha shall cease to be member of CASK governing council. Later, Saldanha joined hands with D’sa and e-mailed a letter to many making several false allegations against CASK.”
He added that in August 2011, he the deputy superintendent of Excise alleged that CASK brought and sold liquor from Goa, to which he had replied.
“A few days later, a fabricated letter containing derogatory statements about the excise department and excise minister was circulated to all members of CASK, written in my name and in the name of Clarence Pais, a senior advocate. The signatures in them were forged electronically,” he alleged. He added that Saldanha also accused him of transacting $119,000 in the US with a fabricated letter.