The Karnataka government has handed over the investigation of a case related to alleged video recording in a girls’ washroom at a college in Udupi district to the state police’s Criminal Investigation Department. “The case has been handed over to the CID. The orders have been issued,” a senior Udupi police officer said.
Previously, the Congress government had said that a probe was being conducted by an officer of the rank of deputy superintendent of police, and had insisted that no higher-level probe was needed.
“The police have taken up a suo motu FIR in the matter. A DySP-level officer is conducting the investigation. Let the investigation continue. The members of the National Commission for Women, who visited the college, have said no (secret) camera was placed in the toilet. Let the probe be carried out,” Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah had said in Udupi a week ago.
“A complaint would not have been registered in the first place if it was seen merely as a prank. Investigation is going on. When a Deputy-SP level probe is underway there is no need for an SIT to probe the case,” he said.
Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered on charges of criminal intimidation and spreading of false information against local VHP leader Sharan Pumpwell and local president of Bajrang Dal, Dinesh Mendon, in connection with their speeches during a protest.