Panjim: The Trial Court in Goa has framed charges against BJP MLA Atanasio (Babush) Monseratte who is accused of first buying and then raping a 18-year old minor girl.
Monseratte is a Congress leader who was recently inducted in the BJP party in Goa.
The BJP MLA was booked under Indian Penal Code Section 376 (rape) and relevant provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
In a statement to police in 2016, the victim, then aged 16, accused Monserratte of drugging and sexually assaulting her.
She also alleged that her mother “sold” her to Atanasio Monserratte for Rs 50 lakh.
Atanasio Monserratte was arrested on May 5, 2016, and is currently out on bail.
Goa police had last year filed a 250-page charge sheet in North Goa district court after the investigation in the case was completed.
North Goa district and sessions court judge Sherin Paul on Thursday framed charges against Atanasio Monserratte.
The trial in the case will begin on October 17.
Atanasio Monserratte, 55, the MLA from Panaji constituency, has been