After St Cruz MLA Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate was released on conditional bail in an alleged rape case of a minor girl it was likely to be the step from the Goa police to challenge this bail but the situation and the investigation was done in this case appeared so poor in the court that Goa police is doubtful to challenge babush’s bail. Here is the report why investigation seems to be spoiled and why the case is at a standstill now from the prosecution’s side.
According to the available sources, Goa Police are unlikely to challenge the order of the children’s court which granted conditional bail to Babush and two other alleged accused.
It is informed by the senior police officer that the investigation of this case will continue and the charge sheet will be filed as per the offenses based on which an FIR was registered.
The children’s court granted conditional bail on Wednesday to Babush and to the victim’s mother and Rosy Ferros the other two alleged accused of the case.
Babush had surrendered in front of the Goa police. Victim’s mother and babush were in the police custody since May 5 whereas Ferros was arrested on May 7.
As per the court orders, Babush appeared before the police in the morning and other two alleged accused appeared in the afternoon at the Crime Branch, Ribandar. As said by the police, the alleged accused were asked in connection with the case and according to the orders by the court, they have been asked to report to the investigating officer for seven days.
It may be evoked that the bail was granted wherein acting judge of children’s court, Pramod Kamat in the order observed that, “the investigation so far carried out is tainted, polluted and fragile in nature and as such, there is no justification to allow the applicants (alleged accused) to continue in custody (police).”
The court also observed that the investigation authority failed to reveal a prima facie case against the alleged accused or reasonable grounds to restrain them or any one of them in the custody.
The offense was registered on May 4 on the ground of statements given by the victim in the presence of child welfare committee. The FIR which was registered at Panaji police station was later transferred to women police station.