SC stays HC proceedings in naval base sex scandal

The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed proceedings in the Kerala high court on the petitions filed by the accused in the Cochin naval headquarters sexual abuse case for quashing the first information report (FIR) against them.

By T K Devasia

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Published: Wed 18 Sep 2013, 11:54 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 4:40 PM

The Cochin Harbour Police had registered the case on a complaint lodged by the wife of Lieutenant Ravi Kiran accusing her husband of sexually harassing her and of forcing her into sex with his seniors. The police had booked one commodore, four lieutenants including the husband, three of his relatives, a captain and his wife under sections of laws concerning domestic violence, attempted sexual abuse, torture and unlawful custody.

The apex court ordered the stay on a petition filed by the victim seeking transfer of the case outside Kerala. In her petition, the victim expressed lack of faith in Kerala police, which she alleged were trying to suppress the case. The court has issued notices to the Kerala government and the navy. She had also moved the apex court earlier seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the case. The woman had alleged her husband and 10 others named in her complaint were destroying evidence and trying to influence the investigators. She said her husband was using Rs3 million he borrowed from a bank recently to derail the case.

The woman, a student at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, had also lodged complaint in this connection with the Delhi, Vizakhapatanam and Mumbai police. She had also taken up her complaint with Defence Minister A.K Antony and the National Women’s Commission.

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