THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Crime Branch is likely to take over the investigation into the rape case, involving bobbitised godman Swami Gangeshananda Theerthapada, from the city police. The Thiruvananthapuram Range IG Manoj Abraham has submitted a report to State Police Chief T P Senkumar recommending a Crime Branch (CB) probe.
The recommendation was made after the woman, who had allegedly chopped off the genitals of Theerthapada, turned hostile and defended him in a letter- purportedly written by her- which was submitted to the court by the defence lawyer Sasthamangalam Ajith. Manoj Abraham told Express he recommended a CB probe as both the complainant and the accused tried to settle the case and pinned the blame on the police.
“Let a professional agency investigate the case. We have sought polygraph tests and brain mapping. The local police can’t handle it. The CB will probe the case in detail and eventually the truth will come to light,” said Abraham. On Saturday, the 23-year-old law student had sought a CBI probe into the incident before the special court stating she did not trust the police investigation as they had compelled her to provide statements against the godman.
The case is being investigated by the Pettah police. She had told her defence lawyer over phone that she had not cut off the genitals of Sreehari.
As the mystery surrounding the incident looms large, the case will most likely be handed over to the CB, sources said. Meanwhile, the police also received scientific evidence showing no sperm was found on the dress of the woman at the time of the incident.