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Rape case: HC to hear Goa police application

PTI  Panaji, December 10, 2009
First Published: 23:43 IST(10/12/2009) | Last Updated: 23:44 IST(10/12/2009)

An application by Goa police seeking to cancel the anticipatory bail granted by a local court to John Fernandes, a politician accused of raping a Russian girl, will be heard on Friday by the High Court.

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Crime branch, which is investigating the case, today moved a petition before the Goa Bench of Bombay High Court pleading to cancel the anticipatory bail of the accused.

Goa police spokesman Atmaram Deshpande told reporters the Crime Branch has sought custodial interrogation of the accused, which is crucial to investigate the case.

"The custodial interrogation is something much different. The ambience makes the difference," Deshpande said adding the accused is right now being questioned without being taken into custody.

South Goa district and sessions court on December 8 had granted anticipatory bail to Fernandes on the condition that he should be released on a bail bond of Rs. 30,000, if arrested in this case.

He was also asked to surrender the vehicle, allegedly used in the rape and his clothes which he had worn on the night of December 1, when the alleged incident took place.

Deshpande said the accused has surrendered the car and clothes and the formalities to attach them are currently being undertaken by the Crime Branch.

The 25-year-old victim has alleged she was raped by Fernandes by spiking her drink when she was dining with another Russian woman in a shack at Colva beach.


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