Is it Babush’s political strategy not to press for bail?

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 09 May 2016 23:00 IST

This is the second time today former minister Babush Monseratte did not press for bail in the case implicating him raping a minor girl.

“We will not press for bail until the court is satisfied that Babush is no more required in police custody for investigation”, Adv Rajeev Gomes told the media today once again.

Babush, who surrendered to the police on 5th May, neither tried for anticipatory bail nor pressed for a bail after he was arrested.

The normal practice among politicians however is to get immediately admitted in a hospital, complaining of chest pain and then keep on pressing for bail. He did nothing of this sort.

Besides Adv Gomes, he has however hired yet another senior lawyer, Adv Saresh Lotlikar, who argued today in the court.

The charges on Babush are so serious that it is impossible that the St Cruz MLA would be granted bail by the court.

He is charged of ‘buying’ the minor girl by paying Rs 50 lakh, giving her drinks to make her unconscious and then raping her.

Perhaps this is the reason the victims girl’s mother was also denied bail by the court today, when both of them were produced before the court once again.

Both of them were remanded to police custody for  three more days.

The government lawyer in fact demanded their police custody for 10 days.

   

“We are fully cooperating with the investigative agency though the charges are totally bogus and baseless”, Adv Lotlikar told the court.

According to Babush, he is ‘politically’ implicated in the case, in view of the forthcoming Assembly election.

He had successfully defeated the BJP panel in the recently held CCP election while announcing his plan to contest from Panaji, the bastion of defence minister Manohar Parrikar.

According to Adv Gomes, conducting his psychological tests and telling his MLA wife Jennifer to accompany him is also part of the political game.

Looks like Babush is attempting to counter the whole so called political game of the BJP government by allowing the police to keep him in the custody and then come out as a martyr.

While the Assembly election is over six months away, the police may not manage to keep him in the custody for more than a month, after which the court would be compelled to send him to the judicial custody.

The court may grant him bail at that stage since he did not even ask for a bail while in police custody.

If granted bail at that stage, he would be a free bird to tell his electorate how the BJP government tried to defame him on false charges to finish him politically.

Goa police thus faces a real challenge to nail him down in the crime they have charged him for, which would make him difficult to resurrect as a ‘political hero’ rather than a ‘social villain.’

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It looks like what is happening in this case is a well planned strategy with the collaboration of different agencies which will lead to only outcome. A weak case and no conviction as it happened with all other similar incidents

- Antonio Diniz , Goa | 10 th May 2016 19:12

 

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