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Goa Police yet to summon accused in Russian rape case

india Updated: Dec 07, 2009 23:01 IST

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The Goa Police is yet to question John Fernandes, the accused in Russian girl rape case, pending order on the anticipatory bail petition which would come for hearing on Tuesday.

SP (PRO) Atmaram Deshpande told reporters on Monday 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 queries on why the police are averse even to take the accused's formal statement.

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

John, a local politician accused of raping a 25-year-old Russian girl, has moved for anticipatory bail in south Goa 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.