Panaji: In a major setback to the
prosecution, a local court on Monday acquitted a Goa politician,
who was accused of raping a 25-year-old Russian tourist in
The District and Sessions court in Margao on Monday
pronounced the accused John Fernandes, who was chargesheeted
for raping the foreigner, not guilty of the crime.
As per the chargesheet filed by the Crime Branch, John
had raped the woman on December 1, 2009 in his car by offering
her lift from Colva beach to her room back in Benaulim,
located 5 kms away from Margao.
The victim had alleged that John spiked her drink and
took advantage of the situation. John had met the victim and
another Russian woman at Colva beach.
He had unsuccessfully contested the 2007 Goa
legislative Assembly election on Save Goa Front (SGF) ticket
from Benaulim constituency and was absconding for over one
month after the case was registered.
He had surrendered before crime branch on January 6,
Police had registered a case under section 376 and 201
of the Indian Penal Code for rape and destruction of evidence.
The case was transferred to Crime Branch after Colva
police conducted initial investigations.