Panaji: Goa MLA Babush Monserrate, accused of raping a minor, was on Thursday arrested by the state police. The Goa lawmaker had earlier surrendered, citing a ‘set-up’ against him.
Late on Wednesday, Monserrate, also known as Babush, was booked by officials of the Panaji police station, for allegedly raping a minor girl, who was earlier his employee.
St Cruz MLA Atanasio Monserrate (Babush) who is accused of raping a minor, at Crime Branch office of Goa police. pic.twitter.com/qwYBTzbMVt
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Speaking to media, Monserrate had said that the complaint against him was a result of a political conspiracy.
“I had hired this girl to work in my Hallmark store because her parents came to me to look for a job. But she stole some money from the counter and I had sacked her. This complaint is false. There is no question of my getting intimate with her,” Monserrate said, adding that he was currently out of Goa.
Monserrate was elected to the St. Cruz constituency on a Congress ticket, but was sacked from the party after he started hobnobbing with the Bharatiya Janata Party.
He has been booked in the past for extortion. His son Rohit, was also arrested for allegedly raping a minor German girl five years back, but was later acquitted.