HC dismisses petition against police in Kumble case

Bangalore: Karnataka High Court today dismissed as "withdrawn" a petition filed against police accusing them of not registering an FIR against former cricketer Anil Kumble for allegedly forging the signature of his stepdaughter`s father to obtain passport for her.

Kumar Jagirdar, former husband of Kumble`s wife Chetana, had moved the High Court last month praying for direction to police to register a FIR against Kumble.

In his petition, Jagirdar said police had not registered an FIR on his complaint filed on December 26 last.

Aaruni, born to Chetana and Jagirdar, lives with her mother and Kumble.

Justice Abdul Nazeer dismissed the plea as withdrawn after Jagirdar sought to withdraw it following the Government advocate informing the court that after a police inquiry it was found that there was no case to proceed against Kumble.

The former India captain explained that he had affixed his signature in the column of parent/guardian and not as Aaruni`s father, it was submitted.

Police had closed the case in view of Kumble`s explanation. Bharathinagar Police Inspector, Pramod Kumar, who is the Investigating Officer in the case, was present complying with a court directive to appear today. The Court on Feb 24 had directed him to be present to explain as to why an FIR had not been registered against Kumble.

In his complaint, Jagirdar, who has been engaged in a legal battle with Chetana over the custody of their daughter, had stated that despite a Supreme Court judgement, which gave joint guardianship of his daughter in 2004, Kumble and Chetana went ahead to apply for a passport for Aaruni with a "forged" signature.


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