Bangalore, August 2: Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court Vikramajit Sen has compared the Mangalore Homestay attack by Hindu Jagarana Vedike Activists to the molestation of a girl by a mob in Guwahati.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by senior advocate S Vasudeva, on Wednesday Justice Sen observed that the Mangalore incident brought shame to everybody.
He issued notices to the Home Department, Home Secretary, Chief Secretary and Mangalore Police Commissioner Seemant Kumar Singh, giving two weeks to file the reply.
“Disclose the identity of the man in blue,” said Justice Sen while directing the state government to furnish all details pertaining to the investigation.
The petitioner, Vasudeva contended that the incident is fit for a CBI probe as the state machinery had remained a mute spectator to the episode.
Vasudeva said in his submission to the court, “The girls were molested and their modesty was attacked. When the inhuman incident was going on, the government and the police remained mute spectators. Under the Goonda Act, the police had immense power but it hesitated to initiate action against the culprits. My blood boils when I recall the happenings with the girls.”
The petitioner sought to know the progress made in the investigation. He accused the state government of being lenient in its action, although it should have been on alert ever since the 2009 incident of attack on a pub in Mangalore.