Indian Navy: SC directs Kerala Police to probe wife-swapping charges

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The Surpeme Court.

Shocking the Indian Navy once again, Kerala Police has been directed by the Supreme Court to set up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe allegations of wife-swapping among Naval officers.

A DIG rank officer will head the SIT. The SC asked the state police to conduct the probe within three months. Besides her husband, four other officers and the spouse of one officer indulged in the said offence, said the petitioner.

Hearing the plea filed by an estranged Naval wife, a bench led by CJI TS Thakur refused to direct CBI to probe the charges. “The power to direct CBI to conduct probe must be used rarely only if there is lack of confidence in the probing agency or for doing justice in the matter,” said the bench.

It may be recalled in 2013, the a Naval officer’s wife charged her husband as well as five other officers, posted at Kochi, and an officer’s wife of sexual abuse.

“The facts in which the offense is alleged to have been committed can be better probed by the state police,” said the bench, after taking into account Kerala Police’s statement that 70 witnesses have already been probed in the case.

In her plea, she sought the case be shifted to Delhi as the environment in Kerala was not helpful for the case to progress as the accused Naval officers were influential persons. But the court rejected her plea saying mere doubt may not be enough to transfer a case.

The Kerala Legal Services Authority was told to directed to employ a senior advocate to pursue her case.

The woman has filed a complaint against her husband, her parents-in-law and sister-in-law alleging that they subjected her to physical and mental cruelty.