Order on pop singer Remo’s bail on 7 Jan, arguments heard

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 05 January 2016 13:54 IST

Court will deliver orders on granting anticipatory bail to pop singer Remo Fernandes and the court monitoring the police investigations of verbally abusing the minor girl, on 7 January.

The Goa Children’s Court today heard arguments on all the matters, including the intervention application filed by three RTI activists in the case.

Adv Aires Rodrigues, who has filed the case alleging verbal abuse of a minor girl by Remo, also pleaded before the court that he be allowed to cross-examine the pop singer.

The court however did not give any order on the plea, said Adv Rajeev Gomes, lawyer of Remo.

The case pertains to the allegation of Remo verbally abusing the minor girl, who was knocked down by pop singer’s son Jonah on 1 December in a car accident.

The incident occurred at Guirim on Mapusa-Panaji road while the group from Malwan from Sindhudurg, Maharashtra was on a walking pilgrimage to Old Goa feast.

Aires later on 17 December filed a police complaint as well as the case before the Goa Children’s Court that Remo verbally abused the minor girl and even asked her why she did not die on the spot.

It was also reported that the family of the victim, whose both legs are fractured, refused to accept Rs 50,000 offered by Remo, who claims that the victim’s family demanded a sum of Rs three lakh from him.

 

Aires has told the court that the girl is still under mental trauma the way Remo behaved with the family members and it did not suite a person of his stature, who was honoured with Padmashree by Government of India.

While arguing, Adv Gomes however pointed out discrepancies in the complaints and expressed doubts about how genuine the complaint is.

While Aires claimed that the girl was abused by Remo on the accident spot, he pointed out that the girl states in a police statement that the incident occurred in GMC hospital when Remo came to meet them.

He also asked why the victim girl did not mention about the abuse while filing a complaint about the accident on 7 December and why Aires filed the case on 17 December, almost 10 days after the girl files the complaint.

Kashinath Shetye, the RTI activist, also argued his intervention case while urging the court not to bail out Remo since he is a Portuguese national, whose case needs to probed further since he has misused Indian documents without being an Indian national.

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