Goa police say Remo is in Lisbon… issue notice to ‘look-out’ for him in Goa!

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 23 December 2015 23:31 IST

Yesterday, Goa police says pop singer Remo Fernandes is in Lisbon, Portugal. Today, the same police issue a notice to ‘look out’ for him in Goa!

“It’s an exercise in vain”, North Goa SP Umesh Gaonkar rubbishes the look-out notice issued by his own department in one sentence.

Jivaba Dalvi, the Agacaim police inspector, had yesterday issued second summons to Remo in a complaint filed Adv Aires Rodrigues, stating that the pop singer is presently in Lisbon.

The complaint alleges that Remo verbally abused a minor girl, who was knocked down by Remo’s son Jonah in a car accident.

Today, Dalvi issued a look-out notice for Remo, sending it to all the police stations all over Goa to inform him about his whereabouts.

Irked over his irrelevant actions, SP Gaonkar has ordered Panaji SDPO to summon Dalvi and seek explanation from him in this regard.

“If Remo is in Lisbon, the question of issuing the look-out notice simply does not arise”, admits Gaonkar.

Adv Swapnil Nasnolkar, Remo’s lawyer, has also expressed surprise over the extent the Goa police is going to seek Remo’s presence at the police station.

“I have represented Remo at the police station and told the police that he would appear before them on or before 8 January, as soon as he finishes his work in Europe”, he says.

According to him, the look-out notice is issued when the accused is not traceable.

“Where is the question of looking out for Remo when we have told the police where he is”, asks Adv Nasnolkar.

PI Dalvi had yesterday sent the copy of the summons issued to Remo to Foreigners’ Registration Regional Office (FRRO), asking them to serve it to Remo at Indian embassy in Lisbon.

The FRRO had referred the letter to North Goa SP, asking for his comments, while SP Gaonkar had told the SDPO to find out all the details regarding Remo’s nationality.

Remo, on the other hand, has confirmed with goanews.com that he has opted for Portuguese nationality long ago and he is presently in Lisbon.

The latest look out notice issued by the police was against journalist Rupesh Samant, who was wanted in series of sexual harassment cases and was not traceable.

However, the police had sought permission from the court to issue the look-out notice for him only after serving him eight summons and searching for him at different places.

“Seeking permission of the court is a must to issue look-out notice”, says Adv Nasnolkar.

SP Gaonkar disagrees, stating that there is no such hard and fast rule and the Investigating Officer can issue the look-out notice.

“But there are certain procedures the IO needs to follow before issuing look-out notice”, he says, which he has ordered an inquiry into through Dalvi’s superior – DySP Serafin Dias. 

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