Monday , 11 December 2017
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Minor girl case: advocate applies for anticipatory bail

PANAJI: An advocate has approached the children’s court, Panaji seeking anticipatory bail after he was called for questioning by Panaji women police, which is looking into the role of a private maternity hospital (now closed) in Mapusa for allegedly issuing a bogus certificate based on which the birth was registered.

According to the police, the issue pertaining to false birth certificate came to light during the ongoing probe in a case of alleged ill-treatment and abuse of a 5-year-old girl child.

The matter is likely to come up for hearing on Thursday. According to police they are examining the role of the advocate Gopal Kanekar in connection with the false birth certificate matter as he seems to have referred the couple to the hospital.

According to the police, the probe has revealed that the girl was adopted two months after her birth in 2012 by a Goan couple, who are now in UK. The couple had first kept the girl at aunt’s place and a year ago (2016 onwards) with a tutor in Porvorim where she was reportedly ill-treated and abused, police said.

The girl was adopted by the couple and the hospital allegedly issued a certificate mentioning couple as her biological parents, police said, adding that, the girl was not born at the hospital.

It may be recalled that the Panaji women police station had registered an offence against the tutor, Haver Vaz from Porvorim as well as parents of the minor girl.  Police had also named Martina Da’costa and Blossom Britto as alleged accused in the case. Blossom is the sister and Martina is the cousin sister of the tutor Haver Vaz, police said, adding that, the minor girl had named them for allegedly ill-treating her.

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