Porvorim: In a late night development, Goa police on Wednesday arrested Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte for threatening BJP’s state spokesman.
BJP State spokesman Premanand Mahambrey on Wednesday had filed police complaint against Khaunte accusing him of threatening inside legislative assembly complex building.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (Porvorim) Edwin Colaco said that Khaunte was placed under arrest during late mid-night. Colaco, however, refused to give any further details.
Police sources confirmed that Khaunte was placed under arrest after Goa Police approached Speaker of legislative Assembly Rajesh Patnekar for the same.
Speaker’s permission is required as assembly is in session. The budget session of the assembly will culminate on February 7.
Police in their submission before the Speaker pointed out that the accused is influential person and elected representative while complainant is a spokesman of a political party, which might lead to further troubles.
The former state revenue minister was arrested under section 341 (wrongful restrainment) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of Indian Penal Code, a senior police officer said.
Earlier during the day, Mahambrey had filed a formal police complaint against Khaunte accusing him of threatening at assembly complex building on Wednesday evening.
Mhambrey on Wednesday had addressed a press conference against Khaunte accusing him of being involved in illegalities, due to which both had come face to face at the assembly complex.