THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala police are likely to hand over the investigation of self-styled godman; Swami Gangeshananda Theerthapada alias Sreehari’s bobbitisation case, to the crime branch.
Thiruvananthapuram range inspector general Manoj Abraham has submitted a report recommending a crime branch probe to State police chief, T P Senkumar.
The recommendation was made after the woman, who had allegedly chopped off Theerthapada’s genitals defended him in a letter, purportedly written by her, which was submitted to the court by defence lawyer Sasthamangalam Ajith.
On Saturday, the 23-year-old law student told the special court pertaining to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, that she did not trust the police investigation as they kept compelling her to give statements against Theerthapada.
She also told Sasthamangalam Ajith over the phone that she had not bobbitised the godman. The letter also said three former aides of Sreehari - Ayyappadas, Manoj Murali and Ajithkumar - were accused of conspiring and instigating the woman to harm him.
As the case remains a mystery and the woman has complained of police interference, it will most likely be handed over to the crime branch, sources said.
The letter also mentioned that police wrote the statement saying the godman had tried to rape her and she chopped off his genitals. It also reportedly said she signed the statement without understanding its content.
The POCSO court will consider the woman's petition and two other petitions submitted by the police demanding that she undergo polygraph tests and brain mapping.
Earlier, the woman had told police that she had cut off the godman’s genitals in self-defence, after he made advances towards her.
The woman's mother had in May filed a petition with DGP Senkumar claiming that her daughter’s allegations were a lie, and that she was not raped by Theerthapada.