Ex-Merces sarpanch suicide: Wilson’s anticipatory bail plea dismissed

Panaji: The District and Sessions Court, Panaji, dismissed the anticipatory bail application of Wilson Godinho, who was among the two persons who were booked for alleged abetment of suicide of former sarpanch of Merces Prakash Naik.

One of the grounds for dismissal as mentioned in the
order is that it is quite clear that the deceased was definitely under some
kind of pressure applied by Godinho and Tahir.

“After having considered the rival arguments of both the
parties and the case laws placed on record and the facts of the case, I am of
the opinion that bail cannot be granted,” observed Irshad Agha, the Principal
District and Sessions Judge, North Goa.

Referring to the note left by the deceased in the form of
a WhatsApp message, Agha observed that it is quite clear that the deceased was
definitely under some kind of pressure applied by the applicant (Godinho) and
Tahir.

The judge observed that in the note, the deceased clearly
mentions that he is tired of everything in his life because of applicant and
Tahir and the reason of tiredness is harassment meted out to him. The judge
said the words carry wide meaning because the deceased further states in the
note that he has no further option other than to commit suicide.

“In his message, he also gives reason from where this
harassment started. He also uses the word blackmail in his message which means
it is the applicant and the co-accused who were blackmailing the deceased. He
also uses the word pressure and says that he cannot handle the pressure and
therefore committing suicide. He specifically pointed out to the applicant
which says that this person should be responsible for his death. In his message
he also refers to two persons who had helped him in his life,” the judge said.

He said that the note does not merely refer to name of
one applicant but also refers to the pressure created by the applicant and the
subject matter over which the pressure was created.

In his order, the judge observed that threats and
pressure can be created directly or indirectly or by other means. “As per the
complaint, this pressure was created before the time of incident. It does not
mean that immediately at that point of time the applicant had to remain present
near the deceased. Investigation is at preliminary stage and some time should
be given to the IO to investigate into the matter,” said Agha in the order.

It may be noted that on January 19, the Old Goa
police had booked Godinho and Tahir under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code
following a complaint lodged by Akshaya Govekar, sister of Naik.

The former sarpanch was found dead at his residence at
Voilem Bhat in Merces on January 17. Police said the post-mortem report
confirmed that Naik died due to craniocerebral damage as a result of a
‘perforating firearm missile injury’.

According to the family members, before he was found
dead, Naik had posted a message on a WhatsApp group. In the message, Naik had
said that he was tired of everything, alleging that two persons had started
harassing him. Naik said in the message that the two persons should be held
responsible for his death.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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