High Court further added that,”Special Courts shall not excuse themselves on the ground of heavy work load, lack of time, non-production of properties, etc.”
Karnataka High Court while taking serious note of delay in recording statements of the minor rape victims within the specified time, has thus warned Special Court judges dealing with the cases of minor rape victims to complete it within 30 days as specified under the Section 35(1) of the POCSO Act.
High Court has asked Authorities concerned to draw attention of the senior level police officers to callous attitude of the investigating officials.
Issue came to the notice of the Justice Rathnakala while hearing bail plea of a person accused of raping a four-year-old child in the Mandya district in 2015.
Judge, while granting bail to accused, noted that chargesheet was submitted before Court on March 1, 2016 without recording victim’s statement.
On directions of Justice Rathnakala, a show-cause notice was issued to the Special Court judge who stated that he could not record evidence of victim within stipulated time.