Jarkiholi CD scandal: Woman’s father says she is being coerced
The High Court of Karnataka on Monday ordered problem of discover to the State authorities and the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on a petition filed by the father of the lady concerned within the Ramesh Jarkiholi CD scandal. He alleged that his daughter’s assertion was recorded “under pressure, influence and coercion” and that it “was not of her free will and volition”.
Justice Ashok G. Nijagannavar, earlier than whom the petition got here up for listening to, adjourned additional listening to on the matter. The petitioner has sought a route for quashing his daughter’s assertion earlier than the Justice of the Peace, contending that it was recorded “illegally”.
“It is a well-known fact that my daughter was under extraneous influence for the last 15 days or more, and though a complaint is said to have been lodged by her, she was not allowed to appear before the investigation officer or before the court, and it was all through an advocate as her mouthpiece,” the petitioner said.
According to the petitioner, his daughter had earlier advised him that she was not the one who was discovered within the CD and that she was below super strain and “not in a position to say anything”.
The petitioner claimed that he had learnt that an advocate, Surya Mukundraj, who is additionally basic secretary of the authorized cell of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, was current on the time of the recording of assertion. “The statement recorded under Section 164 of the CrPC is vitiated for the sole reason of the presence of Mr. Mukundraj as reported in the media,” the petitioner contended.
The petitioner additionally said that he had “sensed pressure” on his daughter after he got here to know by means of the media that her assertion could be recorded by a Justice of the Peace even earlier than she appeared earlier than the investigating company. He appealed by means of the media to maintain his daughter “in isolation or in my custody or in the custody of the judiciary or some independent authority” to make sure that her assertion is freed from any pressure.
“The facts and circumstances under which she was produced before the magistrate show that no effort was made to ensure that she made her statement voluntarily,” the petitioner claimed.