The High Court of Bombay at Goa has directed that the report received from Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma in connection with alleged unhygienic food supplied to police during the BRICS Summit, be forwarded to the Goa Human Rights Commission.
The commission is inquiring into the complaint filed by social activist Aires Rodrigues, alleging a scam of Rs 51 lakh in food supplied to police on duty during the 2016 BRICS summit.The government questioned the jurisdiction of GHRC to pass an order on Aires’ complaint before the High Court.
On 14 October 2016, Rodrigues submitted his complaint to the GHRC that the contract for Rs 51,60,000 was given to Amonkar Classic Caterers for supply of food to police personnel on duty for the BRICS Summit.
According to Times of India, the caterer’s contract was allegedly sublet to a roadside contractor who secretly prepared the food in an open space. The roadside labourers were engaged for cooking substandard food in unhygienic conditions with water stored in open plastic barrels used for cooking.
Rodrigues stated that the authorities had failed to make proper arrangements including food, water and sanitation for police personnel.