High Court asks jurisdictional magistrate to pass orders within five days

The State government on Thursday informed the Karnataka High Court that the police have registered a case and filed an application before the jurisdictional magistrate seeking permission to exhume the body of B.N. Bhramarambika, a fourth semester student of Sheshadripuram Law College, Bangalore, who had died in mysterious circumstance at her native place near Gowribidnur in Chickballapur district.

Following government’s submission, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice B.V. Nagarathna directed the jurisdictional court to pass orders within five days on the application filed by the police, who in turn will have to report it to the High Court.

Bhramarambika’s classmates had suspected that she had become a victim of “honour killing” and had written a letter in this regard to a judge of the High Court, and the High Court suo motu initiated a public interest litigation plea based on the letter.

In their letter, the students had pointed out that Bhramarambika attended the viva voce on May 10 and died on May 20. Students claimed that Bhramarambika’s relatives, with whom that they interacted at her native place, had cited different reasons for her death. The letter stated that while some village residents said that it was death by hanging, others said it was a heart attack, a fatal fall, anaemia. The students claimed that they suspected it to be an “honour killing”.

Further hearing of the case has been adjourned to July 4.

Mahantesh murder

Meanwhile, in connection with another PIL plea initiated suo motu by the High Court on the murder of S.P. Mahantesh, Deputy Director of Co-operative Audit Department, the State government informed the Bench that the Bangalore city police have arrested the accused and charge sheet would be filed soon after receipt of report from the Forensic Science Laboratory.

The court on May 25 had sought status report on the investigation while initiating PIL plea based on the reports of newspapers about discrepancies in the probe into the murder.

Mahantesh, who was auditing house building cooperative societies, was found lying with serious head injuries on the pavement on Palace Road on the night of May 15, and he succumbed to the injuries at a private hospital on May 21. The police on June 7 arrested an accountant of the Sahakarnagar Credit Cooperative Society and others on charge of murdering Mahantesh.

  • Bhramarambika, a law student, died in mysterious circumstances at her native place

  • Suspecting that it was a case of ‘honour killing’, her classmates wrote to a High Court judge