New Delhi .13 May 2016. As has been reported in certain sections of the media, it is clarified that transfer petitions (Criminal) filed by the petitioner Ms Sujatha Ravi Kiran @ Sujatasahu wife of Lt Cdr Ravi Kiran, have been dismissed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

Further the prayer made by the petitioner to transfer the investigation carried out by Kerala Police to the CBI on the misconceived grounds of alleged bias/ connivance with the Indian Navy has also been disbelieved and thereby dismissed by a bench comprising Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, Hon’ble Mr Justice UU Lalit and Hon’ble Justice Ms. R Banumathi vide order dated 12 May 16.

To facilitate expeditious investigation in the matter, the Apex court has directed Kerala Police to continue with the investigation by constituting a special investigating team comprising officials of Kerala Police headed by a DIG level officer and to complete the investigations preferably within three months.

The Indian Navy strongly denies the allegations made by Ms. Sujatha Ravi Kiran. The Kerala Police has also denied any influence by the Indian Navy in the investigation.