The Karnataka High Court on Friday extended the suspension of the filing of final reports by a special Bengaluru police investigation team in connection with an alleged sex CD by the former BJP minister Ramesh Jarkiholi.
Adjourning the hearing because the lead lawyer for the woman involved in the case was not feeling well, the bench led by interim chief justice Satish Chandra Sharma said the interim orders made earlier would stand.
On July 27, the High Court barred the SIT from filing final reports on its investigations into the rape allegations made against the MP and a parallel investigation into the extortion counter-allegations raised against the woman by the BJP leader. The woman had applied to the High Court to have the SIT investigation quashed.
During Friday’s hearing, State Attorney General Prabhuling Navadgi argued that the SIT had not filed a report in the case despite the completion of the investigations, due to the oversight of the case by the High Court. The AG said investigations into the various FIRs were carried out by officers appointed by the Bengaluru police commissioner.
Citing the standards set by the Supreme Court in the 1967 Abhinandan Jha case, the AG said that once investigations are completed, reports must be filed with the relevant court. The High Court was only contacted against the SIT investigation after the media reported the findings of the investigation, Navadgi said, adding that the petitioner had previously participated in the SIT investigation and did not was not opposed to it.
The MP was forced to resign from his post as Minister of Water Resources on March 3 this year, a day after the controversial video clips were released. Jarkiholi initially claimed the CD was a fake, but later in his statement to SIT he said he was blackmailed by a gang.
On July 19, the SIT presented a progress report on the investigation to the tribunal de grande instance. Previously, the court had raised questions about how the SIT could have completed the investigation when its boss had been on leave for almost three months during the investigation. Navadgi said a team of officers conducted the investigation and the investigation was not marred by the absence of the SIT chief.