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Remo Back in Goa, Hearing on Bail Petition on Jan 5

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Remo Back in Goa, Hearing on Bail Petition on Jan 5
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Pop singer Remo Fernandes, accused of threatening a minor girl allegedly knocked down by his son's car, today returned to Goa from Europe, even as a local court posted the date for hearing his anticipatory bail plea next week.

"Remo has arrived in Goa by a morning flight," his lawyer Rajiv Gomes told PTI after the Goa Children's Court judge Vandana Tendulkar adjourned the hearing in the anticipatory bail plea to next week.

The singer, against whom a lookout notice was earlier issued for not presenting himself before police despite two summons in connection with the case, today alleged that kin of the girl are trying to "extort" money from him.

The plea also stated that the singer is a native of Goa but has acquired Portuguese nationality and currently possesses a Portuguese passport.

"The complaint filed by Aires Rodrigues is in connivance with the family of the injured and one or two individuals from Goa and Sindudurgh, who will be exposed soon," Remo told PTI minutes after arriving in Goa.

The singer said he had full faith in judiciary and will not "succumb" to the "extortion demand".

Rodrigues, a social activist, had filed the complaint against Remo for verbally abusing the 17-year-old girl at Goa Medical College and Hospital where she was admitted after allegedly being hit by a car driven by his son Johan on December 2.

Remo said in his plea that he had met the victim at the Goa Medical College on December 3 after the accident and offered to pay Rs 50,000 for treatment and travel.

"But to the horror and surprise, the younger sister of the injured (girl) in a very rude and impolite manner, began demanding that the Applicant should pay nothing short of Rs 3 lakh at the moment," the petition read.

Remo said he was tired of "keeping silent" on the issue on advice of his previous lawyer, as the matter was sub-judice, and has replaced his lawyer.

"I changed my lawyer to the very able advocate Rajeev Gomes. (I) returned to Goa this morning on finishing my professional and personal commitments in Europe earlier than planned, and am on a war footing to expose the fabrications and lies which have been spread about me by Aires Rodrigues and others," he said.

In his intervention application filed through his lawyer in the court on December 29, Remo had stated that he has in Europe and is making all efforts to present himself before the police by January 8, his scheduled arrival date in Goa.

"The best thing about telling the truth is that there is only one truth. You don't need to watch your step and keep changing your story," Remo said.

He also denied the allegation against his son Johan.

"My sons have been raised to bring home sick and abandoned kittens and puppies and wounded birds, the people in my village know well. We can never even think of committing the sordid acts we have been accused of.

"I have rendered a detailed version in my application before the court, and I am sure that eventually the police will arrive at the truth," he added.

When contacted, Rodrigues refuted the allegations and asked the pop singer to substantiate them.

"I have nothing personal against Remo Fernandes. I pursued the case only after Fr Savio Barreto, the Director of Basilica of Bom Jesus, on December 18 narrated the sordid events after the accident," he said.

The girl was hit by the car when she was headed towards the Basillica on a 'pilgrimage walk'.

Rodrigues said that Remo was booked for an offence under the Goa Children's Act only after the statement of the victim girl was recorded before an NGO.

"The very insensitive, uncaring and outrageous misconduct by the pop star at the scene of that accident and thereafter could not be condoned by any sensible person," he had stated.

He also dismissed Remo's claim that the case against him was false and filed with ulterior motive.

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