The High Court said on Tuesday that the Special Investigative Team (SIT) investigating the ‘sex-for-work’ case, involving former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, may make the necessary request to obtain court permission to file a final report of the investigation.
A division bench led by Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi said this after being informed that the head of SIT, Additional Police Commissioner Soumendhu Mukherjee, had approved the investigation being conducted in his absence.
While extending the interim order restricting the submission of the final report, the court ordered that the investigator’s report be submitted to Mukherjee for appropriate orders.
The report submitted by the investigator was not signed by Mukherjee as he had been on sick leave for two months. P Prasanna Kumar, Special Prosecutor of SIT, argued that the investigating officer’s report was approved by the Head of SIT. He requested permission from the court to file the final report with the magistrate.
Senior lawyer Indira Jasing, representing the female victim, argued that her petition challenged the constitution of the SIT.
She said the investigation report did not comply with the Code of Criminal Procedure. Indira argued that the SIT was formed on the basis of the letter from the then interior minister to the police commissioner in Bengaluru town.
âIt should be noted that this court, by order dated July 27, 2021, had prohibited any investigation report to be presented to the competent court without the authorization of this court. In case the defendant investigative agency (SIT) wants the report to be filed with the competent court, then allow a request in this regard to be filed, âthe judiciary said.