Russian rape case: Charges framed against Goa politician

A court here today framed charges against John Fernandes, a local politician accused of raping a 25-year-old Russian woman, last December.

Panaji: A court here today framed charges
against John Fernandes, a local politician accused of raping a
25-year-old Russian woman, last December.

Sessions court Judge B P Deshpande framed charges under
section 376 and 201 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) which deals
with rape and destruction of evidence, respectively.

Fernandes was arrested for allegedly raping a Russian
girl, whom he had met at a shack in Colva beach, in his car
after spiking her drinks on December 1, 2009.

The South Goa based politician was on the run after being
accused of rape by the victim.

An attempt to rape case was initially registered at Colva
police station but the case was later handed over to the Crime
Branch, which registered a rape case after taking a fresh
statement from the victim, who was working in a five star
resort.

After a month-long hiding, John surrendered on January 6,
2010 after his anticipatory bail by District and Sessions
court which was later set aside by Panaji Bench of Bombay High
Court.

Police has also claimed that John destroyed crucial
evidence in this case by washing his car and deposing wrong
clothes to the Crime branch.

The rape case had made headlines after the Russian
consulate expressed strong reservations about safety of the
country`s citizens in Goa.

The tourist state receives around 40,000 Russian visitors
annually, only second to Britishers who top the chart.

PTI

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