Janaadhikaara Sangharsh Parishad (JSP) has filed a private complaint (PCR) at a Bengaluru Court against Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Kamal Pant, DCP Anuchetan, and Cubbon Park Police Station Inspector Maruthi B. The complaint accuses the named of failure to registering a case and filing of an FIR against Ex-Minister Ramesh Jarakiholi on a complaint lodged by social worker Dinesh Kallahalli.
Social worker Dinesh Kallahalli had lodged a complaint at the Cubbon Park police station against former minister Ramesh Jarakiholi alleging that the minister had sexually abused a young woman who had approached him seeking a job. However, an FIR has been lodged in the case after the victim’s lawyer KH Jagdish complained on behalf of her.
Now, based on the complaint of Dinesh Kallahalli, the Janaadharika Sangharsh Parishat (JSP), has lodged a complaint in the Magistrate Court against city Police Commissioner Kamal Pant, DCP Anuchetan and Inspector of Cubbon Park police station Maruthi B. A complaint had already been lodged at the Cubbon Park station on March 17.
Speaking to Gauri Lankesh News, co-chairperson of the Janaadhikara Sangharsh Parishat, Adarsh Iyer said, “As soon as Dinesh Kallahalli lodged a complaint, the FIR had to be filed immediately under the Nirbhaya Act. However, Bengaluru city Police Commissioner Kamal Pant, DCP Anuchethan, and Inspector of Cubbon Park police station Maruthi B have violated the law. Under Section 36 of the CRPC both the Commissioner and DCP are duty-bound to file an FIR. But they have violated this section. ”
Continuing, “Whatever the case may be. It is their duty to file an FIR immediately after a complaint is lodged. Failure to do so invites criminal actions according to Section 166(a). We have therefore filed a complaint under the section in the Magistrate’s Court. ”
“Even after 25 days of Dinesh Kallahalli lodging his complaint, an FIR hasn’t been filed. Hence, we tried lodging the complaint at the Cubbon Park Police Station on March 17. They had not lodged it. Later, we sent the complaint through post and e-mail as well. They closed the case against themselves last month stating that the complaint was not erroneous. Thus the complaint was again filed in the Magistrate’s Court (8th ACMM of Nrupatunga Road). The next hearing will be held on April 16.”
A special investigation team has been set up to investigate the case and the victim is also appearing in public and cooperating in the investigation. However, former minister Ramesh Jarakiholi accused of rape is not present for the inquiry by stating that he has been infected with Corona. In the meantime, a complaint filed against the police officers by Janaadhikara Sangharsh Parishat at the Magistrate’s Court has provided yet another twist to the CD case.
To read a copy of the complaint filed by the Janaadhikaara Sangharsh Parishat, click here.