Crime Branch not an investigating agency in this case, cannot share Swapna's statements: Court

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Kochi: Ernakulam principal sessions court dismissed the request of the state Crime Branch for a copy of the confidential statement given by Swapna Suresh under CrPC section 164. The statement cannot be shared with anyone until the investigation is complete, it ruled.

The court also clarified that the copy of the statement has been handed over to investigating agencies and that the Crime Branch cannot be considered as an investigating agency in this case. This observation was made by the court in response to the plea made by the Crime Branch seeking a copy of Swapna’s confidential statement and affidavit.

The court also questioned what right the Crime Branch has to request a copy of Swapna’s statements. The Crime Branch informed the court that there is an underlying conspiracy behind Swapna’s confidential statements and that a case has been registered against her at Cantonment Police Station. It was also pointed out in the court that the statements are needed for the investigation of the case.

Meanwhile, Swapna’s advocate strongly opposed the Crime Branch’s move. He alleged that there is a conspiracy behind the plea and that the government is trying to get its hands on the statements. He said that the statements were given on a case registered by ED and that ED is the investigating agency in this case. The advocate for ED said that since the investigation in the case has not been completed, the statements cannot be shared.

The petition submitted by Swapna Suresh seeking security by central armed forces was adjourned to June 22.

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