Mysuru rape case: No clinching evidence yet

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Bengaluru: Even a year after a rape case was filed by the daughter of a retired IAS officer against her brother-in-law, the Criminal Investigation Department  sleuths have reportedly not got any substantial evidence against the accused.

In April last year, the 29-year-old daughter of former IAS officer, who held a top post in the state bureaucracy, had filed a rape and dowry harassment case with the Indiranagar police. As the alleged incident took place in Mysuru, the city police had transferred the case to their Mysuru counterparts. Later, the case was referred to the CID.

The investigating team, which has questioned several people in connection with the case, have reportedly not got any clinching evidence against the accused to establish that there was a rape. According to sources in the CID, even after a detailed investigation, they could not stumble on any substantial evidence to prove the offence.

“Its more than a year and the investigation is still on. We have questioned all the accused in the case and have also recorded the statement of the complainant and her family members. Even the medical and forensic reports have not given any major lead. The case will be decided in a few days and mostly, ‘B’ report would be submitted to the court,” an official said.

It is also learnt that the senior officers in the CID directed the investigating team to probe the case thoroughly and come to a conclusion, as the team suggested there was no material evidence in the case.

“As per the complaint, the incident took place on November 11, 2014. A complaint was filed five months after the incident in April 2015. In such cases, it is difficult to establish evidences. We have to bank upon circumstantial evidence and statements of witnesses. Both have not yielded any results in this case,” the official added.

The woman had stated in her complaint that her husband’s elder brother Dr Harsha Basappa had raped her in November 2014, when she was an eight months pregnant. He had allegedly frightened her to silence. In addition, she had  also accused her in-laws of harassing her to bring dowry of Rs 45 crore.

Her father-in-law, Dr C B Murthy, runs the reputed Basappa Memorial Hospital in Mysuru. The police had registered cases under IPC sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (rape), 498 (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and other sections against her in-laws.

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