Mangaluru , Feb 17,2017: Mahesh Shetty Thimarody, President of the Praja Prabhutva Vedike who until a couple of years ago was in the lead in the Justice for Sowjanya fight, has said that he has no faith in the CBI probe into the case. He also demanded that the case be investigated by the CBI under the supervision of the Supreme Court.
Speaking to reporters here on February 17, Friday, Shetty alleged that "influential people were behind the case as a result of which the parents of Sowjanya had to still wait for justice." Referring to the recent orders of the CBI special court to conduct fresh enquiry into the case, Thimarody said he has lost faith in the CBI.
"Why had the CBI not looked into the eyewitness account that Dheeraj Jain, Malik Jain and Uday Jain were at the scene of the crime ?," questioned Thimarody and said he wanted to know if the CBI was acting at the directions of anyone.
Alleging that the investigation into the case had progressed at a snail’s pace ever since the beginning, he said many facts have been ignored.
Referring to the statements of the three suspects who had convened a press meet on Thursday and said they had been thoroughly questioned and all tests were done, Thimarody questioned why there was no documented evidence of the same.
Once again reiterating that influential people are involved in this case, Thimarody said "the CBI should have to first enquire those officials who initially handled the case." He also demanded that a CBI team from another state should take up the case.
As pointed out by Sowjanya’s parents, even Thimarody alleged that Dr Adam of Belthangady Hospital had acted under pressure and that he had ignored the bite marks on Sowjanya’s chest which finds no mention in the post-mortem report.
Kusumavathi, mother of Sowjanya, Vittal Gowda, her uncle and others were present at the press meet.