11 Jul 2024  |   07:33am IST

‘Queen Pin’ Pooja Sharma roamed free for 19 days, as Goa police watched: Now, her ANTICIPATORY BAIL IS REJECTED

Prosecution calls her a ‘Queen Pin’, Court says ‘Accused person (Pooja Sharma & others) took law in their hands, this act has shaken the confidence of the people, if bail is granted trauma of victim family (Agarwadekars) may be aggravated‘
‘Queen Pin’ Pooja Sharma roamed free for 19 days, as Goa police watched: Now, her ANTICIPATORY BAIL IS REJECTED

Team Herald

PANJIM: After 19 days of wait, the Principal District and Sessions Judge dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of the prime accused Pooja Sharma in the Assagao house demolition, on Wednesday. 

The prosecution called Pooja Sharma as the 'Queen Pin' of the incident that occured at Assagao on June 22. 

Arguments over the bail plea of Pooja Sharma in the court went on for almost three days. The bail application was finally dismissed by Justice Irshad Agha. 

During the arguments the senior lawyer and defence counsel Surendra Dessai said that the Sharma is not evading arrest and is cooperating. The defence also argued that the offence is not of serious nature and custody is not necessary. 

It is also to be noted that Sharma's counsel said that the case against her has been withdrawn and now Arshad Khwaja is the main accused. Sharma also said that she was not present in Goa while the offence she is being accused of was committed and also that she has not conspired. 

The prosecution meanwhile maintained that Pooja Sharma is the 'Queen Pin' in this matter and is a beneficiary. The prosecution has prayed for custodial interrogation of the accused in the matter.

What now, will the Crime Branch finally act?
The Superintendent of Police (Crime Branch) Rahul Gupta was unavailable for comments. The police now have free hand to proceed and arrest Pooja Sharma that which did not happen for several days after the offence post which the accused filed an anticipatory bail. The question is, will they? 
The defence lawyer has said "We will study the order of the court and decide whether to appeal against the order". 

JUNE 22 - A group of men including male and female bouncers allegedly led by Arshad Khwaja came to the Assagao house with an excavator and begun demolishing the house of what is known to be occupied by Pradeep Agarwadekar and his family. Pradeep and his son were allegedly abducted and kept away of Assagao for nine hours. By that time a large portion of the house was demolished 

JUNE 25 - Chief Minister Pramod Sawant visited Agarwadekar family and assured victims’ of rebuilding the house

JUNE 26 - Agarwadekar family makes a U-turn, says Pooja Sharma is not accused

JUNE 26 - Assagao trespass, demolition and kidnapping case handed over to Crime Branch for investigation

JUNE 28 - Two PSIs and Anjuna Police Inspector suspended for alleged inaction during the demolition

JUNE 28 - Unverified document of a statement suspected to be that of the suspended Police Inspector Prashal Dessai surfaces in a section of media alleging Director General of Police (DGP) Jaspal Singh of pressurising him to facilitate demolition

JUNE 30 - Agent Arshad Khwaja and excavator operator arrested

JUNE 30 - Crime Branch issues notices to Pooja Sharma, the prime accused

JULY 2 - Pooja Sharma moves anticipatory bail before the Additional Sessions Court

JULY 7 - Pooja Sharma alleges interference by Chief Minister, MLAs Michael Lobo and Delilah Lobo in the matter

JULY 10 - Bail application of Pooja Sharma rejected, plea dismissed


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