Suspended police constable moves high court
Suspended police constable Waman Naik who went into hiding after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by additional sessions court, Mapusa, has moved the Bombay high court at Goa. Naik was placed under suspension along with constables Santosh Vengurlekar and Vijay Gaikwad on December 6, 2012, after two commercial sex workers lodged a complaint with the crime branch.
It was charged that Naik had forceful sexual intercourse with commercial sex workers and tried to extort protection money, and demanded sexual favours from them in 2010-11.
The accused had sought interim relief saying he should not be arrested until his bail plea was decided. The accused also pointed out that the complainant was referring to an incident that allegedly took place in 2010-11.
Justice F M Reis orally turned down the request for interim relief after the crime branch opposed the bail plea. On Monday, the high court will hear arguments from both parties. A crime branch team had visited Naik's new and ancestral houses at Torxem, immediately after his application was rejected by the court to summon him for an investigation in the police-prostitution nexus case.
The applicant was not present before the sessions court when his anticipatory bail plea was taken up for hearing last month. [TOI]