Justice CV Bhadang of the Bombay High Court at Goa today granted
conditional bail to the jailed convict Goan model Siddesh Dashrath Juvekar.
Suspending the jail sentence pending the hearing of his appeal the Court
has directed that Siddesh Juvekar be released on furnishing a bail bond and
one or two sureties of Rs 50,000. Siddesh Juvekar who has been lodged at
the Colvale Central Jail since 8th September has also been directed to
deposit in Court Rs seven lakhs within two weeks and to pay the total fine
of Rs 15,000 forthwith. Siddesh Juvekar has been further directed to
deposit his passport in Court and not to directly or indirectly contact the
victim girl or the witnesses.

The Court today passed the order after hearing Senior Advocate Surendra
Desai representing the convict, Additional Public Prosecutor Pravin
Faldesai for the State and Adv. Aires Rodrigues representing the victim

South Goa Additional Sessions Judge Sherin Paul on 8th September sentenced
Siddesh Juvekar to seven years imprisonment for having raped an orphan girl
from Navelim on the false promise of marrying her. The Court also sentenced
him to three years imprisonment for having cheated the victim the girl to
the tune of five lakhs while also directing him to pay the victim a
compensation of seven lakhs. The Court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 and
Rs 5000 for the offences of rape and cheating respectively. The Court on
3rd September had convicted Siddesh Juvekar under Section 376 (rape) and
Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code for being guilty of rape
and cheating.

Siddesh Juvekar who has been pursuing modeling as a career had represented
Goa and was the first runner up at the ‘Mr. India Man Hunt’ contest held
last year in Delhi by Sky Walk Entertainment. He is a close relative of
Senior BJP leader Pradeep Shet.

Siddesh Juvekar on 13th November 2013 was charge sheeted by then Colva
Police Inspector Nilesh Rane on charges of rape and cheating. Siddesh
Juvekar was accused of having repeated forcible sexual intercourse with the
victim girl under the false promise of marrying her. He was further charged
of cheating the victim to the tune of over Rs five lakhs by taking money
from her on the false pretext of starting a business.

Siddesh Juvekar was however on 4th July 2014 discharged by the then South
Goa Additional Sessions Judge Vandana Tendulkar without going through the
trial. The victim girl through a Criminal Writ Petition moved the High
Court challenging the order discharging the accused Siddesh Juvekar.

Allowing the victim’s petition Justice S.B. Shukre of the Bombay High Court
at Goa on 26th February this year while quashing and setting aside the
South Goa Additional District Judge’s order directed the accused Siddesh
Juvekar to appear before the Margao Sessions Court and to face trial for
the alleged offences.  The Court had also further directed that the trial
be completed within six months.

Justice Shukre in his order observed that the South Goa Additional Sessions
Judge had committed illegality by discharging the accused in disregard of
the well settled principles of law and that such an order cannot stand the
scrutiny of law.

Aires Rodrigues

Advocate High Court

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Ribandar Retreat,

Ribandar – Goa – 403006

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