Speaking to media persons outside Anjuna Police Station, police official Chetan Patil clarified and told the media as well as members of an NGO that it was not compulsory to arrest Aires Rodrigues.
The IO Chetan Patil was asked by Tara Ketkar of the NGO as to why the police were not arresting Aires Rodrigues, when other accused in similar offences have been arrested in the past.
Chetan Patil clearly said, “It is a bailable offence and we only arrest the accused when the accused is from a different State or does not have valid local residential proof. In this case, we have summoned Aires Rodrigues and he has appeared before me today. We have thoroughly grilled him and are further investigating the matter. The accused has made himself available for interrogation and we will we if arrest the accused only if it is absolutely necessary.
Members of the NGO took out a protest march from Panaji to the Women’s Police Station and burt effigies of Aires Rodrigues at Azad Maidan. When they came to know that Aires was going to present himself at Anjuna Police Station, they rushed there and began protests outside the Anjuna Police Station.
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Speaking to gathered media persons, Aires Rodriuges said he has submitted a detailed written statement to the police and truth will prevail.
He later tweeted:
The Anjuna police said they are looking at both sides of the story and the evidence put forth by both the accused and the complaint lady before taking a decision on arrest. Sources close to Aires Rodrigues said the lawyer has not yet applied for anticipatory bail and is confident that he will be able to prove his innocence in the matter before the Anjuna Police. The police are treading cautiously as it is a sensitive matter and do not want to make an arrest in a hurry. Further, they want to make sure they have ample evidence against the alleged accused, before taking any further steps to avoid any embarrassment before the courts later on. As on now, the police are not going to arrest Aires Rodrigues without checking and verifying all the evidence before them. It is also possible that one or two more persons may be added to the accused persons list, revealed sources at Anjuna Police Station.
A source at Anjuna Police Station said, “Aires Rodrigues is a well-known advocate with contacts both in the ruling party as well as the opposition. He has deep roots in Goa and is not likely to abscond or run away. Hence, we are not in any hurry to arrest him, unless he refuses to co-operate with the police, turns hostile or tries to abscond.”
Aires Rodrigues on Tuesday filed a complaint at the Anjuna Police Station against Swapnil Dhargalkar, Shreya Dhargalkar and two unknown persons for forming an unlawful assembly, criminally trespassing into his office, assaulting him after having threatened and abused him with dire consequences besides throwing black liquid at him. The complaint has been transferred to the Old Goa Police after it was filed as the incident occurred within its jurisdiction.
In his complaint, Adv Rodrigues has stated that on Monday morning at around 8.30 am the accused criminally trespassed and barged into his office at Ribandar and unlawfully restrained him and threatened him as to why he had taken up the issue of the alleged sex scandal involving Goa’s Fisheries Minister Vinod Paliencar. To this, Adv Rodrigues has stated that he cited public interest as he had bonafide reason to believe that Minister Paliencar misusing his position was sexually exploiting vulnerable women.
Rodrigues has further stated that the viral video footage of the incident clearly evidences the commission of the criminal acts and deeds by the accused.
Rodrigues has claimed that he has reason to believe that Fisheries Minister Paliencar was also a conspirator and mastermind in the attack on him as the minister had previously publicly threatened to unleash anti-social elements unto him at his office in Ribandar. In this connection, he has urged the police to secure the call details of Paliencar, his officer on special duty as well as TCP Minister and Goa Forward supremo Vijai Sardesai.