October 27, 2021

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IAF questions jurisdiction of cops to probe rape case

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IAF questions jurisdiction of cops to probe rape case
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IAF questions jurisdiction of cops to probe rape case
IAF questions jurisdiction of cops to probe rape case

COIMBATORE: Flt Lt Amitesh Harmukh (29), who was arrested on the charge of raping a colleague, argued before the additional mahila court in Coimbatore on Monday that the local police did have any territorial jurisdiction to investigate the case as the incident took place on the premises of the Air Force Administrative College at Red Fields.
IAF officials also filed a petition before the court arguing that they wanted to conduct a probe and a court martial. The city central all-women police objected and contended that the IAF had failed to take appropriate action even after receiving a complaint from the rape survivor before she approached police.
IAF officials countered saying that the incident took place on their premises and both the rape survivor and Amitesh are in service. The flight lieutenant should be handed over to the IAF, they said. Amitesh would be tried under the Air Force Act and could not be arrested under civilian law, they argued.
After hearing both sides, the court extended the IAF officer’s judicial custody till September 30, when it will decide whether to hand over the officer to the IAF or if the city police will continue the investigation.

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