Adv. Aires Rodrigues who along with 14 other Ribandar residents have been charge sheeted for trespassing into the church premises and disturbing a church committee meeting, today filed an application asking that Archbishop of Goa along with three other persons be summoned as witnesses in the case.
The other witnesses are Mrs. Conceicao Frois, Mr. Michael Fernandes and Superintendent of Police Mr. Bosco George. Mrs. Conceicao Frois is the mother of the minor girl reportedly molested by the then Parish Priest of Ribandar Fr. Newton Rodrigues. In fact the whole case is based on the charge of molestation against the priest.
While Michael Fernandes was the panch witness in the case and Bosco George was ADC to the then Governor S C Jamir at whose behest the complaint against Fr. Newton was reportedly hushed up by the police.
When the matter came up for hearing on Thursday, Mrs. Mica D’Souza who was a member of the church committee then was examined and later on cross-examined by Adv. Rodrigues for nearly two hours.
The case is now posted for 26th May when the Judge is expected to pronounce her order on the application to issue non-bailable warrant against Fr. Newton who is now serving the Church of St. Bernadette at Calgary in Western Canada as its pastor after the Archdiocese of Goa relieved him following this scandal.