Goa Sessions Court directs Crime Branch to give Aires Rodrigues 48 hours advance notice in case of arrest

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According to a PTI report, a local court on Friday rejected the anticipatory bail plea of social activist Aires Rodrigues on technical grounds. Rodrigues was booked on charges of sexually harassing and outraging modesty of a woman. However, the  Principal District and Sessions Judge Irshad Agha directed that the crime branch should give a 48-hour written notice in advance to Rodrigues in case they wanted to arrest him.

The bail application was rejected on technical grounds, because in case of bailable offences, an application for anticipatory bail under section 438 of the CrPC is not maintainable.

A married woman had filed case against Rodrigues on November 27 accusing him of outraging her modesty, sexually harassing her and defaming her in public through his Facebook posts which had linked her with a Goa minister. The crime branch while opposing the anticipatory bail plea said they wanted to recover some material which was in possession of Rodrigues.

Crime Branch inspector Dattaguru Sawant informed the court that the crime was “evil in nature” and the accused was not co-operating with the investigating agency. Rodrigues said he was co-operating with the investigators and has responded to the summons issued by them.

He is booked under sections 354 (A) (iv)(sexual harassment), 509 (words or gesture to insult modesty of a woman), and 500 (punishment for defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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