Verbal abuse case: Remo Fernandes arrested, let-off on bail

Panaji: Pop singer Remo Fernandes was on Friday arrested by Goa Police and later released on a bail bond when he appeared before investigating officer in connection with a case of alleged verbal abuse of a minor girl.

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The 62-year-old singer was earlier booked for allegedly verbally abusing the 17-year-old girl at Goa Medical College and Hospital where she was being treated after getting hit by a car allegedly driven by his son Johan on December 2, last year.

"Remo appeared before the police today and he was placed under arrest. As a part of the bail order, he was released on the bail bond of Rs 50,000," said police inspector Jivba Dalvi, who is probing the case filed against the singer under Goa Children's Act, 2003.

Goa Children's Court had on Thursday granted anticipatory bail Remo on a personal bond of Rs 50,000. He was asked to appear before the investigating officer in the case for ten days from January 8, between 10 am and 1 pm. The court also asked the singer to surrender his passport and deposit it with the investigating officer, till the charge sheet is filed in the case.

While granting anticipatory bail to Remo, the court observed that there is no possibility of the singer tampering with the evidence. "The apprehension that the applicant is likely to tamper with the evidence is misplaced and if there is such attempt, it would be a good case for cancellation of bail," Judge Vandana Tendulkar had said in her 18-page bail order.

After the court order, Remo had issued a statement saying, "I have full faith in the judiciary, and I know that the truth will surface soon, as it usually does." Social activist Aires Rodrigues had filed the complaint against Remo.

In December, the singer had sought anticipatory bail from Goa Children's Court in connection with the case. In the bail plea, Remo claimed that he is innocent and is being falsely implicated in the case.

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