SC suspends Karnataka HC order allowing SIT to file report against ex-minister

The Supreme Court of India. (Picture: News18)

The Supreme Court issued the Order on Appeal challenging the High Court’s order dated February 3, 2022, ordering the SIT to submit the report to the Magistrate.

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The Supreme Court on Friday suspended an order from the Karnataka High Court allowing the SIT, set up to investigate a complaint of rape by a woman and conspiracy charges against a former minister of state, to submit its final report to the court of first instance. A panel of judges Indira Banerjee and JK Maheshwari also said no action will be taken on the SIT report.

The Supreme Court issued the Order on Appeal challenging the High Court’s order dated February 3, 2022, ordering the SIT to submit the report to the Magistrate.

Lead lawyer Ranjit Kumar, representing former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, argued that the SIT report had already been filed and the case had been assigned to a special MP/MLA tribunal.

The bench then said: Let the high court decide the case. During this time, no action should be taken based on the SIT report.” Lead Attorney Vikas Singh and Attorney Aman Panwar appeared for the victim.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the SIT, argued that the SIT report should be submitted to the relevant court, which would consider the case.

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Jack L. Goldstein