Suicide of ex-sarpanch of Merces: Wilson Godinho files anticipatory bail plea before HC

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Panaji: Wilson Godinho, who was among the two persons who were booked for alleged abetment to suicide of former sarpanch of Merces Prakash Naik, has now filed anticipatory bail application before the High Court of Bombay at Goa.

The matter is likely to come up for hearing on January 27. On Thursday, the District and Sessions Court, Panaji, had dismissed his anticipatory bail application.

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,” Irshad Agha, the Principal District and Sessions Judge, North Goa had observed.

It may be recalled that on January 19th the Old Goa police had booked Godinho and Tahir under the IPC section 306 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, on Friday, before he was found dead, Naik had posted a message on a WhatsApp group. In the message, Naik had stated that he was tired of everything, alleging that the two persons started harassing him. Naik had further stated that these two persons should be held responsible for his death.