Ace Bollywood Choreographer and Director Remo D’Douza has surrendered his passport to senior superintendent of police (SSP) Ghaziabad, in connection with a 2016 cheating and extortion case.
D’Souza appeared before police around 10.30pm on Thursday. He requested cops not to take his passport and be allowed to go abroad. However, investigating officer Ashok Upadhyay told him he could not leave the country without the court’s permission.
Later, SSP Sudhir Kumar Singh instructed D’Souza to appear before Sihani Gate police station and submit the passport and fill two personal bonds of Rs 25,000 each. Upadhyay said that after completing the formalities, D’Souza was discharged at 11.30pm.
In the cheating case filed against D’Souza, the complainant, Satendra Tyagi, a resident of Raj Nagar, had alleged that D’Souza made him invest Rs 5 crore in 2014 during the production of the film DOA: Death of Amar which starred Rajeev Khandelwal and Zareen Khan. He promised to return double the amount after the film’s release, but he later failed to do so.
Moreover, Tyagi also alleged that in December 2016, he started getting calls from the mafia threatening to kill him, following which he again asked D’Souza to return his money.
“I got several calls from Prasad Pujari, who told me never to enter Mumbai again or else he would kill me. He demanded Rs 1 crore from me,” he had claimed.
Based on Tyagi’s complaint, an FIR under IPC sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt) was registered against Remo D’Souza and Prasad Pujari at the Sihani Gate police station on December 16, 2016.
Tyagi then filed a second FIR against D’Souza, Pujari and several other people seven months later for criminal intimidation, attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy.
Non-bailable warrants were issued against D’Souza by a Ghaziabad court last year after D’Souza did not appear in two cases registered against him.
He had first filed an anticipatory bail petition in the Mumbai high court. However, it was dismissed and he was asked to approach the Allahabad HC, which granted him bail in November on the condition that he would not go abroad without permission.