Mayookha Johny case: In November, Olympian Mayookha Johny had filed a plea requesting the Kerala High Court to quash a first-person report against her for allegedly raising a fake rape case. The court at the time had asked for a reply from the state. Now, Kerala HC has responded to the plea saying, let the police investigate.
The court was hearing Johny’s plea on the FIR against her for wrongfully accusing a man in connection with her friend’s rape case. She had also alleged that the same man had taken nude pictures of her and used them to blackmail her. The case dates back to 2016.
The argument made by Mayookha Johny’s advocate PA Ayub Khan was that she was an athlete and an Olympian and that the allegations against her were false. To this Justice K Haripal replied, “Let the police investigate. What does being an Olympian have anything to do with it?”
The court also issued notice to the State and the individual who filed the complaint seeking their stand on the athlete’s plea.
The advocate of the athlete argued that the case against her was to pressurise her into withdrawing her support to her friend. In the plea, it was stated that the case against the prime accused in the FIR has been quashed and pleaded for the same action to be taken in her case. Nine others were also charged for allegedly raising false rape accusations.
The FIR against Mayookha Johny was filed by the police after being directed by the trial court. The trial court gave this judgement after a hearing that stated that the rape case of the Olympian’s friend and the blackmail case of the Olympian was false.
The case against Mayookha Johny was filed by a former trustee of the Emperor Emmanuel Church in Thrissur. It was filed against her and nine others, which includes a few leaders of the Emperor Emmanuel Church in Thrissur, at Aloor Police Station.
The accused in the alleged rape case was denied anticipatory bail by the high court but was given relief by the Supreme Court of India, under the condition that he shall cooperate in the investigation.
In July this year, the Olympian had accused Kerala Police and a former official of the State Women’s Commission of bias in the rape case. She also alleged that the police did not carry out the promised action because of the intervention of “influential people”.
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