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Babush Monserrate to be charged in rape, human trafficking case

Panjim: Two years after he was booked for rape and human trafficking, Goa Forward Party vice-president Atanasio Monserrate is to be charged in the case. Investigations into the high- profile case found evidence such as exchange of call details and messages between the politician and the victim, which would be added to the charge sheet to be filed before the Children’s Court.

“We have nearly completed the investigation. A charge sheet will be filed shortly,” Superintendent of Police Kartik Kashyap told Herald.

Although the women police are awaiting a report of the mobile phone details from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory – delay of which has pushed the deadline of filing charge sheet further – forensic software of the Cyber Cell of Goa Police has already attached the details during the bail hearing in the Children’s Court.

Herald is in receipt of certain extracts of the court submission that states numerous calls and messages were exchanged between the alleged accused and the victim. “The call detail analysis shows that there are number of calls and SMS between the cell phone of accused (Babush) and victim girl and that the SIM which the girl was using is registered in the name of Rosy Aunty which she had given to the victim to facilitate the conversation/contact with the victim girl,” reads the submission in the court.

The analysis of the cloned copy of the mobile of the alleged accused had also revealed number of photographs of the victim suggesting he was ‘very much engaged with the victim though she was minor’.

The girl, who is now reportedly 18 years, continues to be in Apna Ghar. She was lodged in the shelter home after a police complaint against Monserrate, her mother and one Rosy Aunty.

It has also come to the fore that the case, investigated by PI Sudiksha Naik, has recorded transcripts of messages extracted from the clone copy of one of the mobile phones indicating Monserrate and Rosy Aunty were concerned about the girl’s mother’s migration to Nepal.

Sources told Herald that if the CFSL further delays submitting the report, the women police will go ahead with filing the charge sheet while a separate copy of forensic details will be added thereafter. [H]

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