BENGALURU: The High Court on Friday stayed the summons issued by the CBI Special Court to Dhiraj Jain, Uday Jain and Mallik Jain in connection with the alleged murder of 17-year-old Soujanya of Ujire, Dharmasthala. Hearing the petition filed by the three accused, Justice Anand Byrareddy stayed the summons.
Advocate PP Hegde argued that his clients were innocent and being falsely implicated in the case.
“To save the real culprit Santhosh Rao, some persons are concocting false stories against my three clients. The order of the special court is against the law laid down by the Supreme Court. There is no circumstantial evidence or any eye-witness to implicate these three persons,” he argued.
The CBI Special Court had issued summons to these three persons on November 19 in response to the application filed by father of the victim seeking to implead them as additional accused.
Accordingly, the Special Court issued summons to all the three to appear before the Court on November 29, 2016.
Soujanya was found raped and murdered at Pangala near Dharmasthala on October 9, 2012.
The case was handed over to CBI after strong public protests. Now, the case has been transferred to XVII ACMM, City Civil Court, Bengaluru.