Alemao seeks bail in unlawful assembly case


 Apprehending arrest in an unlawful assembly case at Varca, former PWD minister Churchill Alemao filed an anticipatory bail plea on Friday at the Margao district sessions court. The court has fixed the hearing for February 18, Monday while no interim relief was granted.
On behalf of Alemao, advocate Antonio Clovis Da Costa said that the applicant apprehends that he may be arrested and detained, as the Colva police have summoned the applicant to the police station on Saturday at 11am and despite all attempts made by the applicant to obtain the crime number, the same has not been provided to the applicant by the Colva police.On Friday, in the bail application, Da Costa further stated that the applicant ought not to be arrested as there is no need for custodial interrogation and that the applicant is liable to be granted anticipatory bail. He further stated that the complaint is baseless and without substance in law or in fact – that the road which is alleged to have been dug is not a road but is part of property which had been purchased by the nephews of the applicant vide deed of sale dated 19.8.2011 registered in the office of the sub registrar of Salcete, a copy of the sale deed was annexed.
He further stated that the applicant has not committed any crime and has been falsely implicated as the present government is hostile towards him. The applicant further reiterated that the 1.5 wide foot access of the complainant has not been interferred with by the applicant or any of his family members and is available to the complainant.
Da Costa further stated that Sections 143, 147 and 504 of IPC are bailable and that only Section 3 of the PDPP Act is non-bailable. While submitting that the custodial interrogation is not at all required, he said that the applicant is ready to comply with any conditions imposed by the court.
The case is in connection with the Colva police having booked an offence against the former PWD minister, his nephew Warren, brother Ciabro and son Savio, on charges of forming unlawful assembly, wrongful restraint, and causing damage to public property at Varca.
Police sources said that Sandra Mascarenhas, resident of Navangully, Varca, lodged a complaint with the Colva police that Alemao along with his above mentioned kin dug up the tarred road leading to her house with the help of an excavating machine thereby also damaging the water pipeline leading to her house. [TOI]