BENGALURU: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is likely to finalise its investigations in the alleged sexual assault of the daughter of retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer by this month end.
According to sources Director General of Police H.C. Kishore Chandra has instructed his subordinate officials, who are investigating the high profile case of alleged rape of an eight-month pregnant daughter of a retired IAS officer by her brother-in-law - Dr Prabudha Harsha Murthy - in November last year to finalise the case by this month end and submit the report to him.
The case was registered in Indiranagar Police Station in Bengaluru East on April 14 this year by the victim. It was transferred to Mysuru for jurisdictional reasons because the alleged crime had taken place there. The government transferred the case to CID in May after the family of the victim alleged that the Mysuru police may not do justice to the case because the family of the accused was politically well connected and influential. From the time the case was registered it has changed hands thrice and investigated by three investigating officers (IOs), all of the rank of superintendent of police (SP).
The initial IO – Kumaraswamy was changed for personal reasons. His father was unwell and he went on leave. The case was then handed over to SP Sri Gowri, who is currently on long leave. In her absence SP Sowmyalatha has taken over the investigation. “I have asked them to finalise the investigation by this month end. There has been no delay from our side. The IO is on leave,” Chandra told Deccan Chronicle.
The victim had alleged that she had been sexually assaulted and harassed for dowry by her brother-in-law and in-laws. The complainant has accused her brother-in-law Dr Prabudha Harsha Murthy of sexually assaulting her. She has also charged her in-laws Dr C.B. Murthy and Nalina Murthy, who run Basappa Memorial Hospital, with harassing her for dowry. The accused have trashed all the allegations as unfounded.