Kerala High Court on Monday directed South Zone IGP K Padmakumar to supervise investigation of a case relating to a sex racket in which young girls from the state were taken to Gulf countries.
A division bench comprising chief justice J Chelemewar and justice P Ramachandra Menon directed the state and provide necessary support for the probe, on a petition filed by one of the victims, who claimed to have escaped from the Gulf.
The court also sought a progress report of the probe by May 26.
According to the petitioner, over 300 girls from Kerala are detained in various centres in Gulf countries and are seeking intervention of the state government.
The petitioner said she was offered a job during 2007 in a super market at Sharjah. Thereafter she was kept in a flat there and abused by several persons. Over 300 girls from the state were victims of the racket, she said.
The 30-year-old petitioner had sought a direction to state home secretary to appoint a Special Investigation Team headed by an officer in the rank of IGP and conduct an investigation into the case.
She also sought to take steps to rescue those victims trapped in UAE.
The petitioner said though the Pathnamthitta police had registered a case in 2007, there were serious lapses in the probe.