Panaji, Feb 21 (IANS) The Goa Police, which is in process of closing a 2015 prostitution case involving a Bollywood actress, has been asked to take a re-look at it, the state assembly was told on Wednesday.
“We will ask the department to inquire this case properly,” said Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar, who was standing in for ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar as the leader of the house.
Dhavalikar’s assurance came after Congress MLA Nilkanth Halarnkar, quoting documents placed in the House, said the case was being summarily closed by police for “lack of evidence” even though the main witness during the raid at a five-star hotel here was a policeman playing a decoy customer.
“When police raided it with their own decoy, how can the case be A-Summary (police department’s case closure procedure for lack of evidence). The case was filed with a police official as a key witness,” Halarnkar said, quoting police records.
The raid on a popular city-based five-star resort in 2015 and the subsequent rescue of a popular actress from a prostitution racket had hit the headlines, with police claiming to have cracked a major prostitution racket.
The actress was later shifted to a government-run women’s home, before being released to her kin’s custody.