POCSO case against Yediyurappa; “Will fight for justice,” says victims’s brother after mother’s death

Two months ago, 81-year-old BS Yediyurappa was booked under POCSO Act and Section 354 A (Sexual Harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) following a complaint from the mother of a 17-year-old victim. She alleged harassment of her daughter when she went to his residence seeking help in a 2015 case of assault on the child.

The latest development came on Thursday, when a special court in Bengaluru issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against the former chief minister in connection with POCSO case. It is also known from the sources that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is expected to arrest him soon.

Life took a drastic turn for the minor when her mother took her last breath on May 26. The victim’s mother had been battling with cancer for a long time. The 56-year-old mother, who battled lung cancer nearly eight years ago, had been running around for support for a case that involved an assault on her nine-year-old daughter by a close relative of her husband in 2015. She then met Yediyurappa for her daughter’s case but later filed a complaint against the former CM on March 14, alleging that he had touched her inappropriately.

The minor’s brother, who is 25 years old, said that he will fight for his sister till the end. He approached the High Court in the wake of the death of their mother. He also filed a writ petition through senior criminal and human rights lawyer S Balan. Although, the petition has not been registered in the court records yet, it has received a filing number. The petition says that the Karnataka Police have not initiated the probe even after two months of the registration of the case.

According to the writ petition filed, “Accused was not arrested and not even 41(A) notice was given, hence this petition as there is no efficacious remedy other than approaching this Hon’ble Court for invoking its extraordinary writ jurisdiction.”

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