Russian rape case: Accused politician absconding
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 19:40
Panaji: John Fernandes, an accused in the Russian girl rape case, was today absconding and the police was hot on the trail of the high profile politician from South Goa whose anticipatory bail has been cancelled.

The Russian Consulate meanwhile took umbrage at the contentious remarks made by Congress MP from Goa Shantaram Naik in the Rajya Sabha directed against the rape victim.

The Consulate even offered to issue an advisory asking its citizens not to remain outside hotels after 10 PM, in an apparent response to remarks by Naik and Chief Minister Digambar Kamat that the victim should not have been out with men late in the night.

The BJP also demanded a public apology from Naik for his controversial remarks which had angered several woman MPs.

Police spokesman Atmaram Deshpande told reporters that the Crime Branch has not been able to trace Fernandes, who is missing since yesterday's order of the Goa bench of the Mumbai High Court order which cancelled the anticipatory bail granted to the fugitive by a district and sessions court.

The 25-year-old Russian girl, whose name has not been released, has alleged that Fernandes(34) had allegedly raped her at Colva beach on December one. Deshpande said that police have initiated all the required steps to arrest Fernandes.

Sources said Colva police on Tuesday went to the accused's house where he was unavailable.

The Russian Consulate in Mumbai in a letter to Kamat voiced its distress over the victimisation of its citizens in Goa and said that the recent cases of crime against their women has caused a great deal of public concern back home.


First Published: Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 19:40

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