A local Goan court on Monday has acquitted Goa politician, who was accused of rapping a Russian tourist girl aged 25 years in the year 2009.
The District and Sessions Court of Margao on Monday pronounced the accused John Fernandes, who was chargesheeted for rapping the Russian girl, was held not guilty of the crime.
As per the chargesheet filed by the CBI, John had raped the woman on December 1, 2009 in his car by offering her a lift from Colva beach to her room back in Benaulim, 5 kms away from Margao.
The victim had alleged that John spiked her drink and took adavantage of the situation. John had met the victim and another Russian woman at the Colva beach.
He had unsuccessfully in the 2007 Goa legislative Assembly election on SGF ticket from Benaulim constituency and was absconding over a month after the case was registered.
He had surrendered before the CBI on January 6, 2010.
Police had registered a case under Scetion 376 and 201 of IPC for rape and destruction of evidence.
News reported by AR for Newsvision new paper