Tawadkar case: court stays Canacona JMFC order

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Margao: District and Sessions Court, Margao, on Friday, stayed the order passed by Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Canacona, Shanoor alias Jagdish P Audi convicting former agriculture minister and  BJP state vice-president  Ramesh Tawadkar  in a case  registered against him by the Canacona police in 2017. 

The   application was filed in the Sessions court, and after hearing, the court   stayed the order of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Canacona convicting and sentencing Ramesh Tawadkar.  

Under Section 506 (ii) of the IPC (criminal intimidation), Canacona JMFC  had ordered  him to pay a fine of Rs 5,000,  and sentenced  him to simple imprisonment till rising of the court. The court had also directed him to  pay Rs10,000  to  the complainant as compensation. The  sentences  were to  run concurrently.

Later, application was made  on behalf  of Ramesh Tawadkar for suspension of  sentence before JMFC, Canacona. The arguments were heard, and Canacona JMFC suspended the sentence for 30 days.

Assistant public prosecutor Anirudha Chimulkar had appeared then on behalf of the state while Vijay Gaykar represented the alleged accused.

Canacona police had registered a case against Tawadkar under Sections 341 (wrongful restrain), 352 (assault with criminal force) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code, and charge-sheet was filed. However, he was acquitted under Section 341 of IPC while under other remaining sections he was convicted.

Puno Velip,  from Cotigao village, had lodged  a complaint against Tawadkar. In the complaint filed with the Canacona Police, Puno Velip had stated that he and his friend were travelling to Chaudi on a two-wheeler when they were stopped by a car with a red beacon of the then minister Tawadkar. Puno further alleged that  Tawadkar  threatened to kill him. An FIR was registered and the case was investigated by PSI Damodar Shirodkar.