Goa MLA Babush Monserrate was on Wednesday granted bail by a local court in a case involving the rape of a minor.
While delivering its order, the Panaji district session court ordered 53-year-old Monserrate to deposit a personal surety of Rs 1 lakh. The court also ordered bail relief to the victim’s mother (Accused No 2) and Rosy Ferros, while ordering them to deposit Rs 25,000 each.
In a brief hearing, that lasted for less than five minutes, during which Babush was present, Sessions Judge PV Kamath asked the prosecution if they had made any developments in the case since the previous hearing – as Public Prosecutor Neeta Marate had asked for time to verify calls and bank transaction between the suspects.
However, Marate said that that the investigation team was probing if the victim’s mother had bought a house in Nepal. Unconvinced with the reply, Judge Kamath granted bail to Monserrate who went out to meet his family and supporters.
Talking to the media, the Santa Cruz MLA reiterated his claim that it was a ploy to politically weaken him and tarnish his image. “I know the people who have tried to frame and fix the case on me. I will expose them when the time comes,” Monserrate said walking out of Panaji District Sessions court. He reassured his constituents that he would never stoop to the levels or betray their trust.
Babush and the two women have been ordered to appear before the Goa Crime Branch for the next seven days. All three have been ordered not to leave the state for the next two months and not to tamper or cause hindrance to the investigation or interact with the victim, Monserrate’s Advocate Rajeev Gomes said.
On being asked if the Goa Crime Branch will appeal to the District Session Court granting bail to Babush, Crime Branch SP said, “We will have to see the order, examine and then take a opinion after consulting the Director of Prosecution.”
The Santa Cruz MLA has been accused of raping a 16-year-old girl, who was his former employee. He was arrested on May 5 and had spent 13 days in custody.