KOCHI: The City Police on Monday handed over the case related to the alleged torture of Leeba Ratheesh by officers of the Cheranalloor police station to the State Crime Branch.
Kochi Range IG M R Ajith Kumar officially transferred the case to the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Crime.
According to Ajith Kumar, the report pertaining to the torture case against the seven police officers accused in the case has been transferred to the Crime ADGP.
“Considering the sensitivity of the case, it is up to the Crime Branch to decide whether to take up the case or not,” he said.
The City Police decided to transfer the case to the Crime Branch as the accused persons are police officers of the Cheranalloor police station. The case is registered at the same police station.
Meanwhile, Leeba was discharged from the Medical Trust Hospital, and was shifted to her residence. According to hospital authorities, she was discharged after her health condition was found to be stable.
Leeba Ratheesh, 29 , a native of Mathirippally, was taken into custody on August 23, on the basis of a complaint filed by the owner of the house where she was working as a housemaid, alleging that she had stolen around 14 sovereigns of gold from the house. She was allegedly tortured by the police officers, causing serious damage to her spine. Leeba was shifted to Medical Trust Hospital, after a month-long treatment at the General Hospital, Ernakulam. Seven police officers, including the sub-inspector and additional sub-inspector of the Cheranalloor police station, who are accused in the case, have been suspended.