The renowned pop star of Goa, Remo Fernandes have been reportedly booked by the Goa Police for verbally abusing the minor girl who was hit by the car driven by his son Jonah Fernandes. Remo also has reportedly threatened that he is reserving the rights of filing the civil as well as criminal proceedings against all individuals and specifically against Advocate Aires Rodrigues for so-called defamatory allegations.
Padmashree awardee and Goa’s famous pop star cum music composer Remo Fernandes have been finally booked by the Goa Police after almost 17 days for alleged verbally abusing to the minor girl who is lying on the bed No 29 in the GMC (Goa Medical Collage) ward number 105 after she was hit by the car driven by Jonah Fernandes in Rash and Negligent manner. Although Remo has reportedly denied the allegations calling it fabricate against him. Goa Police has booked Remo under the children’s Act for verbally abusing victim while his son Jonah have been charged for Rash and Negligent driving and causing grievous injuries under the various IPC sections.
It may be recalled that on December 1, 2015, Ms. Helen Dsouza from Malwan was on her way along with her family and other pilgrims to the Old Goa to attend the feast of St. Francis Xavier (walking pilgrimage) and while they reach near Gurim, the speeding car hit Ms. Dsouza from behind causing her grievous injuries. Later it was revealed that the car belonged to Mr. Remo Fernandes and was driven by his son Jonah Fernandes while Remo was sitting in the car next to him. She was immediately admitted to the nearby district hospital and, later on, shifted to GMC where she apparently gone through multiple surgeries.
It is very surprising fact that the offence against the culprits has been registered after 15 days from the date of the accident that too only when the sister of the victim filed the complaint at Mapusa police station and the same have been reportedly approved by the North Goa SP Umesh Gaonkar. He also said that the Victims family was in the process of compromising the matter and due that perhaps the complaint was delayed.
According to the report published by The Goan newspaper, it has been alleged that the victim’s family had declined the Remo’s offer of Rs. 50,000 towards the compassion. Remo told the news agencies that he has been advised to refrain from coming out with the rebuttal at this stage while he denied all the allegations as a false and complete distortion of the facts.
While replaying on the WhatsApp post of Advocate Aires Rodrigues Remo reportedly told the Goa News that it is the fabrication of the facts and that he would take appropriate legal action against all the “INDIVIDUALS” AND SPECIFICALLY AGAINST AIRES RODRIGUES”. “I reserve the liberty of initiating the legal proceedings, both civil as well as criminal against all the individuals and specifically against Aires Rodrigues for the allegations leveled against me and my son, that has visible defamatory ingredients,” said Remo.
When Goa Prism contacted Mr. Aires on this issue he said that “There is no question of compromising with the family of victim arises since Remo calls himself an innocent and did nothing wrong. As far as the matter of the defamation case against me are concerned, I have enough evidence against him”.
North Goa SP Mr. Gaonkar has informed that police will first record the statement of the victim and their family members and will accordingly summon Remo Fernandes to record his statements. Goa News also reported that “While expressing the complete ignorance on the statement of Remo, police suggested that the present offence becomes equivalent to the murder (non-intentional / SEC 304 IPC) if the person had died in an accident.
Presently police have registered the offence against Remo and his son Jonah under sections 279 (279. Rash driving or riding on a public way.—Whoever drives any vehicle, or rides, on any public way in a manner so rash or negligent as to endanger human life, or to be likely to cause hurt or injury to any other person, shall be punished with im¬prisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both. Source: Indian Kanoon) and 338 (338. Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others.—Whoever causes grievous hurt to any person by doing any act so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life, or the personal safety of others, shall be punished with impris¬onment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both – Source: Indian Kanoon) of IPC (Indian Penal Code) The section imposed on Remo Fernandes is Section 8r/w 2(m) which deals with the abuse of child in any manner, physically as well as Psychologically.
Sources: Various Sources