CD scandal: Victim moves HC questioning credibility of SIT probe
The girl linked to the alleged CD scandal case, involving the previous Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, has moved the High Court of Karnataka difficult the legality of the structure of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the case. She has additionally questioned the credibility of the investigation carried out to date.
Justice S. Vishwajith Shetty, earlier than whom the petition got here up for listening to on June 7, ordered problem of discover to the State authorities, the Commissioner of Police (CoP) of Bengaluru, and the SIT.
It has been identified within the petition that Mr. Jarkiholi, on March 9, 2021, wrote to the Home Minister claiming that he was a “victim of a well-hatched conspiracy…” and the Home Minister on March 10 wrote to the CoP asking him to arrange an SIT to conduct a probe. The CoP, based mostly on the Home Minister’s letter, constituted the SIT on March 11 regardless that no first data report (FIR) associated to the allegations existed then.
Though the primary FIR was registered with the Sadashivanagar police on March 13, based mostly on Mr. Jarkiholi’s grievance in opposition to unknown individuals, and one other FIR was registered on March 26 based mostly on the petitioner’s grievance in opposition to the BJP chief, the switch of these FIRs to the SIT was unlawful as no Government Order was handed both to arrange the SIT or to switch the FIRs to it, it has been contended within the petition.
The SIT arrange, on the premise of the letter by the Home Minister on the behest of a letter from the rape-accused former Minister, has no authorized jurisdiction to probe the FIRs, the petition claimed.
“The entire investigation is being handheld and controlled by the political bosses of the SIT and no justice or fair play can be expected under the facts and circumstances,” the petitioner has contended.
‘Not in fair manner’
Moreover, she has additionally alleged that the SIT will not be conducting the probe in a good method whereas pointing put that the SIT has neither arrested the previous Minister nor secured him by a bond apart from not subjecting him to medical examination as per the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.PC).
It has been alleged within the petition that the SIT had selectively leaked to newspapers and tv channels the contents of her assertion recorded beneath Section 164 of the Cr.PC earlier than the Justice of the Peace in addition to the assertion of the accused, and “all efforts are being made to show the petitioner in poor light and protect the accused”.
Questioning non-completion of the probe inside 60 days as per the regulation, the petitioner has additionally raised doubts on the continuation of the probe when its head, IPS officer Soumendu Mukherjee, is on depart. Referring to media reviews that the SIT is making ready a closing report to offer “clean chit” to Mr. Jarkiholi, the petitioner stated she had no motive to disbelieve media reviews whereas alleging that method of conduct of the investigation by the SIT was as per the “whims of its political bosses”.