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Russian rape case: Court declares accused as `absconding`

Last Updated: Friday, December 18, 2009 - 19:37

Panaji: John Fernandes, a high-profile south
Goa politician accused of raping a Russian girl, has been
declared `absconding` by a court in Margao on Friday.

The Crime Branch, which is investigating the case, today
moved an application to get John declared absconding as he was
untraceable, police said.

Judicial Magistrate First Class, Margao, pronounced him
as absconding responding to the petition, they said.

The court also issued an arrest warrant against the
accused, who is wanted by Crime Branch to investigate the rape
case.

A 25-year-old Russian tourist had alleged that John raped
her on December 1 mid-night after spiking her drink.

Police Inspector Sunita Sawant said that the Crime
Branch had initiated efforts to trace the accused but he was
not available.

Goa bench of the Bombay High court on December 16 had set
aside lower court`s order granting anticipatory bail to John.

Police said that John, who had surrendered to police
during his bail period, has been not contactable since then.

Police, pleading for cancellation of anticipatory bail of
John, had said that the accused was needed for custodial
interrogation.

Earlier, the Supreme Court refused to grant anticipatory
bail to John Fernandes in the case.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 18, 2009 - 19:37

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