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Anjuna police summon lawyer Aires

Mapusa: Anjuna police on Thursday summoned Adv Aires Rodrigues in a case of outraging modesty of a woman from Siolim.Anjuna police had sent a notice to Adv Aires at around 9.45am on Thursday to appear at the police station at around 11pm but since the lawyer had two cases before the High Court, he sent a letter to Anjuna PI Chetan Patil requesting to re-schedule the interrogation. But since the case before the High Court got adjourned, Aires visited the Anjuna Police Station at 12.15 pm and was interrogated by PI Patil for an hour-and-half. Meanwhile, social worker Tara Kerkar along with group of women from Siolim protested at the Anjuna Police Station demanding that Adv Aires be arrested first and later interrogated. After the interrogation, Adv Rodrigues said that as an officer of court, it was his duty to cooperate with the investigation.  Aires said, “I have given a detailed statement and have answered all the questions. It is very clear that I have not violated any law and truth will come out. Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar, Vijai Sardesai and Durgadas Kamat have hired a NGO and some media persons, who have claimed that I am absconding.”Aires said, “On 29, I was in my office at Ribandar and the Old Goa police had visited my office to conduct investigation into the case filed by me against the victim lady for illegally trespassing into my office. There is nothing to hide and I have not violated any law.”
“The police complaint against me is politically motivated and is orchestrated by Vijai Sardesai and Durgadas Kamat to blemish my image. My image in Goa is clean and my social work for the last 40 years is before the public so let people judge me,” he said.
When questioned about the name of one Milton mentioned in the video which went viral, Aires said, “I will not like to divulge in any statement which has been made to the investigating officer during interrogation because it should not influence the probe. Everything has been narrated to the concerned IO and let the law take its own course.”
PI Patil said, “As per the law, legal procedure will be followed. Since the sections put are bailable we cannot take the alleged accused on remand. However, if in case the accused was unknown and had no permanent address then we could have taken him into custody. We have summoned Aires and a thorough interrogation was held during which many facts related to the case have been disclosed. The facts will now be verified and crosschecked. Whatever evidence or belongings is required, will be sought from him.” [H]

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