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.