Judicial magistrate first class, Canacona, Shanoor alias Jagdish P Audi has convicted senior BJP leader Ramesh Tawadkar in the assault case of 2017.
Puno Velip of Cotigao had lodged a complaint against the BJP leader with Canacona police alleging assault by Tawadkar, who is presently chairperson of the Goa Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
Canacona police had registered a case against him under sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 352 (assault with criminal force) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
A chargesheet was filed against Tawadkar, who is the vice-president of Goa unit of the BJP.
The court has convicted him in the remaining sections invoked. The former agriculture minister will be sentenced on October 28.
However, Tawadkar has been acquitted under Section 341 of the IPC.
Velip in his complaint with police against the former minister had alleged that Tawadkar threatened to kill him when he (Puno) and his friend were travelling to Chaudi on a two-wheeler.
They were stopped by Tawadkar, who was also travelling in a car with red beacon light.
An FIR was registered and the case was investigated by police sub-inspector Damodar Shirodkar. The chargesheet was filed against Tawadkar in the court of JMFC Canacona.
Meanwhile, senior MGP leader Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar demanded removal of Tawadkar as the chairman of the ST commission.
“ST Commission chairman Ramesh Tawadkar has been convicted of the offences under sections 352 and 506(ii) of the IPC. The ST Commission has powers of civil court judge, and is ought to be impartial and clean. He should resign immediately, or the Goa government should remove him immediately as per the act to keep the sanctity of the ST commission,” Dhavalikar said in a press release.