Court orders investigation against Bengaluru police chief and other cops

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BENGALURU: A Karnataka court on Wednesday ordered an investigation against Bangalore Police Commissioner Kamal Pant, DCP Central MN Anuchet and Cubbon Park Police Station Inspector Maruthi for failing to register a complaint against a former minister of BJP in the “Sex CD” case.

The 8th ACMM tribunal, which adopted the order, also ordered the report to be submitted by February 1, 2022.

The court adopted an investigative order to investigate offenses under Article 166 of the IPC, holding police responsible for delays in recording an initial information report after a victim filed a complaint.

Janaadhikara Sangharsha Parishath Co-Chairman Adarsh ​​R. Iyer filed a private complaint against the police for failing to register a case against former BJP minister Ramesh Jarkiholi in connection with an alleged sex CD scandal.

The complaint, filed by RTI activist Dinesh Kallahalli on March 2, 2021 and registered on March 17, seeks action for non-registration of the FIR over alleged sexual offenses committed by a person in authority such as the Minister of Resources in water of the time, Jarkiholi.

Senior police officers are accused of failing to perform their duties in a disciplined manner, of acting prejudicially against complainant Kallahalli as well as the alleged victim, according to the complaint.

The complaint also stated that the police “have shown flagrant incompetence in bending under pressure from the powerful ruling political class, flouting the laws of the land and the directives of the Supreme Court of India with impunity” and that they “brought the independent work” of the Karnataka police into disrepute.


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