New Delhi, May 13: The Supreme Court has directed the Kerala Police to set up a special inestigation team (SIT) to be headed by a deputy inspector general rank officer, to investigate allegations of wife-swapping among Indian Navy officers.
Headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur, a bench declined a plea filed by the estranged wife of an accused Naval officer for a CBI probe into the charges and asked the police to complete the probe within 3 months.
The bench said, "It is well-settled that the extraordinary power of the constitutional courts in directing CBI to conduct investigation in a case must be exercised rarely in exceptional circumstances, especially, when there is lack of confidence in the investigating agency, or in the national interest and for doing complete justice in the matter."
It further added, "The facts and circumstances in which the offence is alleged to have been committed can be better investigated by the state police."
The Kerala POlice argued that already 70 witnesses have been examined in the case. In her petition, the woman requested that the case be transferred from Kerala High Court to Delhi High Court as the atmosphere there was not complaisant for the case and that the accused were highly influential people.
Married to the accused Naval officer in 2012, the woman alleged that her husband, parents-in-law and sister-in-law had subjected her to physical and mental torture.
She also levelled sexual abuse charges against five naval officers, including her husband, and wife of one of the officers, alleging that they indulged in wife swapping.