The Sessions Court on Friday rejected the bail application of John Fernandes accused of raping a Russian girl and who has been behind bars since he surrendered to the police after his anticipatory bail applications were rejected by the whole chain of courts including the Supreme Court.
The Sessions Judge rejected the bail application primarily on account of the fact that the prosecution has not completed examination of all the witnesses including the victim and there being a possibility of the accused tampering with the evidence if let out on bail.
The fact that John had earlier gone underground while processing his anticipatory bail applications apparently weighed heavily upon the judge who referred to the High Court observation: “the apprehension that the accused will pressurize the witnesses and tamper with their evidence is real. Past conduct is always a good indicator of the future. On this ground also the accused would not be entitled to bail.”