Thursday, January 20, 2022

Ex-chief airport officer gets anticipatory bail

Kochi: The high court on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to former chief airport officer of Trivandrum International Airport who was booked for sexually assaulting a subordinate woman officer.

Justice Gopinath P granted anticipatory bail to 62-year-old Giri Madusudana Rao of Chinna Avutapalli in Andhra Pradesh considering his age and medical condition. In his plea, the petitioner had submitted that he is suffering from age-related illnesses and has an hs-CRP level of 7.0 mg/l, which suggests that he is highly prone to heart disease.

Prosecution had argued that the copy of the WhatsApp conversation between the petitioner and the complainant that was produced before the high court, to contend that it was a consensual relationship, was edited.

The court said it was not proper on the part of the petitioner to place an edited version before the court. However, his counsel told the court that a full backup of the chat is stored online and that the police can access it.

While granting anticipatory bail, the court said while the allegations are serious and requires thorough investigation, only a limited custody is required for the purpose of recovery. The petitioner has been ordered to appear before the investigating officer at 9am every day until January 31 and as required by the officer.

20/01/22 Times of India

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