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SC to Kerala Police : Set Up SIT to Probe Wife-Swapping Charge in Navy

 2016-05-13 06:44:57.0

Supreme-Court1Tahlka news Bureau, New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Kerala Police to set up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe into allegations of wife-swapping lodged by the estranged wife of a naval officer.

The Supreme Court also dismissed the plea of the estranged wife seeking a CBI probe into her FIR alleging that besides her husband, four other navy officers and spouse of one of them indulged in wife-swapping.

Chief Justice of India T S Thakur declined a plea filed by the estranged wife of an accused Naval officer for a a CBI probe into the chargesnd a asked the state police to complete the probe, preferably within three months.

Rejecting the plea for CBI probe, the verdict, penned by Justice Banumathi 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 also rejected the submission of the estranged wife of the navy officer that the cases, filed by the accused, including other naval officers, in the Kerala High Court seeking quashing of the FIR, be transferred to the Delhi High Court.

The apex court also said that it transfers a case from one state to another only if there is a "reasonable apprehension on the part of a party to a case that justice will not be done".

The case came to light in April 2013, when a naval officer's wife alleged that her husband and other officers of the Southern Naval Command in Kochi had allegedly tortured her and forced her to participate in 'wife swapping' parties.

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