Russian rape case: Goa police yet to summon accused
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Last Updated: Monday, December 07, 2009, 23:21
Panaji: Goa police are reluctant to question, John Fernandes, the accused in Russian rape case pending order on the anticipatory bail petition, which would come for hearing tomorrow.

Superintendent of Police (PRO) Atmaram Deshpande told reporters this evening that they are yet to question John as the verdict on the anticipatory bail is pending final order.

“We cannot get him for custodial interrogation as court has directed against the arrest pending final order," Deshpande said. He, however, dodged the query on why the police are averse even to take accused’s formal statement.

Deshpande confirmed that the Crime Branch had not even summoned the accused in the case despite the girl’s statement alleging rape.

John, local politician, accused of raping 25-year-old Russian girl, has moved for anticipatory bail in south Goa’s district and session court.

The arguments on the petition were completed today and the order is fixed for tomorrow.

Interestingly, even as assistant public prosecutor (APP) opposing the bail petition had argued that they want to confiscate the car, in which the girl was raped, the Crime Branch is yet to recover the vehicle.

"As far as my brief goes, the Crime branch has not yet recovered the vehicle from the accused," Deshpande said. Responding to a question, the SP said that the police were reluctant to get the car as the accused might charge the investigating agencies of 'planting the evidence in the car’.

“We will decide future course of action only after his custodial interrogation," he added.

Crime Branch is investigating the case of rape lodged by Russian woman, working as a Russian representative in a five star resort here.

According to the complaint lodged by the victim, John raped her by spiking her drink while she was dining with another Russian woman at 'Boomerang’ shack at Colva beach.

The accused is a high profile politician who unsuccessfully fought 2007 Goa legislative assembly elections from Benaulim constituency on Save Goa Front political outfit floated by Public Works Department Minister Churchill Alemao.

The victim, in her statement to Russian consulate said that she was harassed at Colva police station and suggested to tone down the complaint against the accused. Colva police had registered case of attempt to rape against John.

The case is currently investigated by Crime Branch, who have taken fresh statement of the victim, charging the accused of rape.

Deshpande today said that the medical examination has confirmed bruise marks on the victim’s body.


First Published: Monday, December 07, 2009, 23:21

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