The High Court said on Friday it would consider the application for conditional leave to submit the final report in the sex CDs case involving former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi. The hearing was adjourned to September 27.
Advocate General (AG) Prabhuling K Navadgi informed the court that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) had already completed the investigation. He requested leave from the court to file the report with the relevant court. A division bench had previously issued an order directing the SIT not to file the final report without leave of the court.
Senior lawyer Indira Jai Singh, representing the girl victim, opposed the submission made by the GA. She said the victim challenged the very constitution of SIT. The victim argued that the SIT, formed on the basis of a letter from the then Minister of the Interior and a subsequent order from the police commissioner of Bengaluru town, could not be considered a body of investigation under the provisions of the CrPC.
A division bench led by Acting Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma adjourned the hearing and said it would consider the matter on the AG’s request on September 27.
The victim requested an instruction to transfer the investigation to another agency. She argued that the SIT did not conduct the investigation fairly
manner. The SIT was formed by the city’s police commissioner on March 11, 2021, in accordance with a note dated March 10, 2021, signed by the then Minister of the Interior with the representation of Ramesh Jarkiholi.
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