Sushma Gowda (Correspondent)
The woman in the alleged CD scandal,involving former minister Ramesh Jarkiholi,has once again expressed her apprehension about the investigation conducted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT),this time in a complaint to Bengaluru Police Commissioner,Kamal Pant.
In a signed letter that was emailed to the police commissioner,she alleged that there is a conspiracy to protect the minister,while she is being treated as an accused.
Her lawyer K.N.Jagadeesh said a physical copy of the letter would be handed over to the police commissioner on Monday.
In the letter the woman said that though she has appeared before the court to record her statement,the SIT has been questioning her every day and keeping her under tight security,while the accused was questioned only for three hours so far and moving freely.
Considering this,I have serious doubts over whether I am the victim or accused in the case, she said in the letter.
She stated that though her name is not mentioned in the complaint filed by Jarkiholi with the Sadashivanagar police station, the cops raided her paying guest accommodation and searched the premises to destroy the evidence to make me accused in the case.
The letter goes on to state,In addition to this there is a deliberate attempt to defame me by releasing fictitious and frivolous and fake information.
Her lawyer,Mr.Jagadeesh said that his client has stated only facts,and is being subjected to harassment.The police are harassing her on the pretext of conducting an inquiry.
They are pressuring her so much that she will break down physically and mentally,he said.I have serious doubt on the investigation and demand that the high court should monitor the case.
Incidentally,Jarkiholi who had been issued a summons by the SIT to appear before them for questioning on April 2,cited ill health and did not report to the police.The SIT,on Saturday,issued another summons to him to appear before them on Monday.Meanwhile, the woman was questioned on Friday and Saturday.
In the letter,the woman referenced Chief Minister BS.Yediyurappa’s recent statements on the scandal and said,This has scared me and I am doubting whether there will be a fair Investigation or the SIT is acting under pressure to protect Ramesh Jarkiholi.
She also objected to the appointment of a special public prosecutor in this case without consulting her.Mr.Jagadeesh added,The letter was e-mailed to Mr.Pant and I will visit the commissioner office on Monday to hand over the letter in person.
This is the second instance where the woman accused SIT of biased and siding the accused.
Meanwhile senior officials rubbishes all the allegations and says investigation is going on properly we are investigating the case in all angles and fair probe is being done we are not protecting anyone and no one is pressuring us he added.