CID files charge sheet against Ravindranath

Accuses ADGP of insulting the modesty of a woman

CID files charge sheet against Ravindranath

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Tuesday filed a charge sheet against Additonal Director General of Police P Ravindranath who is accused of clicking pictures of a woman on his camera phone.

The senior IPS officer has been charged under the Indian Penal Code Section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).
 
The charge sheet states that Ravindranath held the woman’s hand and dragged her inside the coffee shop on Cunningham Road where the alleged incident took place on May 26.

The quantum of punishment for offence under IPC Section 509 is either one month’s simple imprisonment or penalty.

The charge sheet also contains a report provided by the Gujarat State Forensic Science Laboratory which states that there were two pictures in Ravindranath’s handset. 
It says the pictures were taken from his handset and were not sent to his handset by somebody.

However, the charge sheet is silent on who clicked the pictures.

Ravindranath has claimed that his mobile phone was snatched by a man at the coffee shop before it was seized by the police hours later.

“We submitted a report to the chief secretary on Tuesday in the form of a charge sheet,” DGP (CID) Bipin Gopalakrishna said. In its five-page report, the CID has recommended suspension of Sub-Inspector Ravi and Constable Manjunath of the High Grounds police station for rude behaviour with Ravindranath soon after the incident, though they were aware that he was an ADGP. However, the report states that Ravindranath, on his own, entered the cell at the police station and tore his shirt.

While the High Grounds Police had booked the ADGP under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 506 (criminal intimidation), the CID has dropped the two charges.

Meanwhile, the victim has decided to challenge the charge sheet. “We will question the dropping of two charges mentioned in the FIR,” the victim’s legal advisor told Deccan Herald.

Ravindranath said he has not yet received any official communication. “I reiterate that I have not clicked the pictures. It is up to the CID to find out who clicked the pictures.”

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