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Kerala: SC stays ‘unfair’ probe in wife-swap case

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 21, 2013
First Published: 01:44 IST(21/9/2013) | Last Updated: 02:23 IST(21/9/2013)

The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Kerala police probe into the allegations of wife-swapping made by a naval officer’s wife who has accused her husband and other officers of southern naval command in Kochi for forcing her to participate in it.

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A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam agreed to her plea seeking a CBI probe into the claim of being tortured to take part in “wife-swapping” parties. It said the court would hear the plea of the woman along with her other petition moved to restrain the Kerala high court from giving any relief to the accused in the case.

The apex court has already stayed the HC proceedings in which the accused have sought quashing of the cases against them.

The complainant had in April this year lodged a complaint with the Harbour police station in Kochi alleging she was molested by her husband’s senior officers in his presence.

As per her allegations, her husband had told her to indulge in “wife-swapping” or he would lose his job. The woman, who left her job to get married to a naval officer, was later accused of being mentally unstable.

The naval officer’s wife said before the SC that local police wasn’t investigating the case freely and fairly.

Her counsel Kamini Jaiswal said: “The local police is under pressure to treat the matter as a matrimonial dispute and are watering down the grave allegations.”

She submitted that she had written a letter to chief of naval staff on March 5 but no action was taken.


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