A local court on Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to John Fernandes, the main accused in the Russian girl rape case, but ordered him to surrender the car and other materials required for investigation in the case.
South Goa District and Sessions Judge U V Bakre ordered the bail, asking the police to release the accused on a bail amount of Rs 30,000 in case of his arrest.
John (34), a local politician accused of raping a 25-year-old Russian girl, had moved the court for anticipatory bail. The girl had claimed that John raped her by spiking her drink at Colva beach on the night of December 1.
The court also directed the accused to handover clothes worn by him at the time of the alleged incident, along with the undergarments of the victim, which were apparently left behind in the car on the fateful night.
John, who has been evading arrest since the incident, had contested the previous Assembly elections, narrowly losing to state Tourism Minister Francisco Pacheco.
Meanwhile, the victim in a letter to the Russian consulate in Mumbai has complained that the police was not co-operating with her. She alleged that police had even asked her to tone down her rape complaint to mere molestation.