Two Naval officers on Friday approached the High Court seeking to quash the first information report (FIR) registered by the Harbour police, against them on the basis of a complaint by Lt Ravi Kiran Kabdaula’s wife raising a number of allegations, including sexual harassment charges, against them. The petition was filed by C ommo d o r e A n a n d Balakrishnan and Lt Ajay Jayakrishnan.
In her complaint, Ravi’s wife had mentioned the name of the petitioners and some other senior officers, including her husband, and raised certain allegations against them. According to the petitioners, further proceedings based on the FIR will amount to “gross violation of abuse of the process of the court and a misuse of the law machinery”.
There were no reference to any part played by the petitioners. Ravi’s wife had not lodged any complaint of rape or molestation by the Naval officers or her husband, they stated. The petitioners said the first complaint was an oral one, made on February 22 before the police, that her husband had seized her luggage, laptop and dependent card. The items were returned to her and she left for Delhi the next day.
The second complaint was sent to the Southern Naval Command but there were no allegations, particularly about Commodore B Anand. On the basis of the complaint, a board of inquiry was initiated on April at the Naval headquarters in New Delhi, but the lady deliberately absented herself during the inquiry session. Even the wife of an officer in-charge of a diving school had been implicated in the case, the petitioners said. On April 4, the lady had sent a complaint by post from New Delhi to the Harbour police.
Allegations were levelled against the senior officers. Naval records would reveal that the officers were on duty elsewhere when the woman had alleged that she was molested by them, the petition stated.Petitioner Lt Ajay Jayakrishnan was not in Kochi then and he had been maligned unnecessarily, it said. They said: “Filing of complaint against senior officers is utterly malafide and intends to belittle the reputation of the Navy.” The High Court had earlier rapped the police for their ‘laxity’ in dealing with the case. Following this, a Special Investigation Team was constituted to probe the case.