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Two more Naval officers file petition

Two more Naval officers file petition

Kochi: Two more Naval officers of the Southern Naval command here have filed a petition in the Kerala High Court seeking to set aside the FIR registered by police on a complaint of sexual harassment filed by the estranged wife of another officer.

The petition was filed by Lt Iswarachand Vidyasagar, Captain Ashok K Aukta and his wife Preena.

Earlier, on a petition filed by Commodore Anand Balakrishnan and Lt Ajay Jaykrishnan seeking to quash the FIR against them filed in the Harbour police station, the High Court had directed police not to arrest them for the time being. The officers also sought to quash proceedings against them in the complaint filed by the woman against her husband and his superior officers.

The High Court had criticised police for 'protecting' the higher officials in the Navy in the case while dismissing the anticipatory bail application filed by Lt Ravi Kiran, whose wife had filed the complaint.

On a complaint from the woman that she had allegedly been tortured for dowry and senior colleagues of her husband had tried to molest her, police here had registered a case against 10 people, including her husband, under IPC section 498.

The charges of torture related to dowry issues were against her husband and his close relatives.

The Navy had denied her charges and said the complaint was the result of "a marital discord" and the allegations raised by the woman against "superior officers" were "unfair."

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