Former Parish Priest of Ribandar Fr. Newton Rodrigues has filed a defamation suit against Advocate Aires Rodrigues in the Calgary court seeking Canadian $ 600,000 (approximately Rs. 2.5 crore) by way of damages.
Fr. Rodrigues who is now serving as a Pastor of St. Bernadette’s Church in Calgary has sued Adv. Rodrigues in connection with the allegations of he having molested a 13-year-old girl in August 2004.
According to a report in Calgary Sun Fr. Rodrigues has filed the suit against Adv. Rodrigues and reacting to the news item, Adv. Rodrigues said he would respond to it after receiving the notice from the court.
He however revealed that all his statements with regards to the case, were based on documents secured by him under the Right To Information Act.
He said a First Information Report dated 18th August 2004 is registered against Fr Rodrigues at the Old Goa Police Station for having molested a 13-year old girl based a complaint lodged by the girl’s mother.
Further, Fr. Rodrigues in his own statement to the police has admitted that while touching a pendant on the child’s neck, his hand has touched her breast and that he had apologized to the girl’s mother.