Union Ayush Minister Shripad Naik may now face Contempt proceedings for having lied to the Court on 3rd June that he was unable to remain present as he had to be at Delhi in connection with the new Ministry assigned to him.
Shripad Naik who was summoned by Panaji Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) to appear on 3rd June at 10 am to depose in Court as a witness in a cheating case filed against his alleged former staff Vinod Desai had sent a written application to the Court through his Private Secretary Suraj Naik stating that he was unable to be present in Court due to his required presence in Delhi on account of which the JMFC Artikumari Naik adjourned his deposition to 12th June.
Pointing out that Shripad Naik who arrived in Goa on 2nd June has been very much in Goa since, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that it was very appalling and a serious issue that a law maker had blatantly lied to the Court.
Vinod Desai who in 2014 claimed to be working in the office of Shripad Naik at Sao Pedro had promised a Merces youth Mervin Fernandes a government job at the Secretariat on payment of six lakhs and had taken an advance of two lakhs.
Having failed to secure the job Mervin Fernandes demanded a refund of the amount paid and after repeated reminders Vinod Desai on 28th June 2017 issued Mervin Fernandes a cheque of Rs one lakh as part refund but that cheque bounced.
On 20th September last year Mervin Feranndes lodged a complaint at the Old Goa Police Station and Vinod Desai on being summoned handover a cheque of Rs three lakhs as full and final settlement but that cheque also bounced after which the Old Goa Police on 25th September registered an F.I.R against Vinod Desai under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code.
In November last year Mervin Fernandes represented by Adv. Aires Rodrigues initiated criminal proceedings for cheque bouncing against Vinod Desai before the Panaji Court.
Adv. Rodrigues had submitted to the Court that Vinod Desai a resident of Navelkar Estate at Old Goa while flouting his connection with politicians had over the last few years duped hundreds of young job seekers to the tune of crores of rupees. The JMFC summoned Shripad Naik to testify and give material evidence on what he knows about the case.