The Judicial Magistrate First Class at Panjim Sarika Faldessai, on Tuesday directed that a fresh Warrant be issued against Fr. Newton Rodrigues for his failure to appear in the court.
The order was given after Crime Branch of Goa Police returned the earlier warrant unexecuted stating that they needed four months to execute the warrant against Fr. Newton who is now residing in Canada.
It may be recalled that a Non Bailable Warrant was issued against Fr. Newton in the case against 15 residents of Ribandar that was filed by the police following a complaint lodged by Fr. Newton who was then the parish priest of Ribandar.
Since then, Fr. Newton has been relieved of his duties by the Archdiocese of Goa and is now functioning as a pastor to the St. Bernadette Church at Calgary in Canada.
The court has also directed Police Inspector, Crime Branch to be present in the court on the next date of hearing which is fixed for 21st June.