Mumbai: Parents seek rape charge against cult leader Sunil Kulkarni

Mumbai: The parents of the Sule sisters on Tuesday urged Bombay High Court to direct the Crime Branch to invoke the charges of rape against Shifu Sunkriti cult leader Sunil Kulkarni.

A Division Bench presided over by Justice Ranjit More and Justice Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi was hearing a petition seeking action against Kulkarni accused of entrapping and exploiting young minds.

During the hearing, the Crime Branch tendered a progress report in a sealed envelope.

The Crime Branch also informed the Bench that it has arrested Kulkarni and is investigating the case. They also informed the Bench that they have invoked charges of obscenity, administering poison and cheating against Kulkarni.

Advocate Sandesh Patil, appearing for the parents of the two young sisters, who are allegedly brainwashed and entrapped by Kulkarni, told the Bench that the Crime Branch officials have not invoked the charges of rape.

While speaking to Free Press Journal, Patil said, “We have statement of a friend of one of the girls who have stated that Kulkarni had sexual relations with the younger sister. It is stated that the younger sister was on drugs and it is well settled now that consent taken under influence of drug would amount to rape.”

After perusing the progress report, Justice More said there is “shocking” material in it and the same cannot be disclosed to the public.

However, he refused to hear the arguments of Patil and directed Crime Branch to carry out its probe and file another progress report in the next hearing.

Sule sisters’ statements recorded

Sources in the Crime Branch have revealed that the statement of both the sisters, Shivangi Sule (23) and Samira Sule (21), have been recorded on Tuesday and they have been asked to visit the office again on Wednesday.
The counsel for Sule sisters have also confirmed the development.

It could not be learnt what all the Sule sisters have been asked by the Crime Branch, but the sources have informed that they are in the process of making these two sisters as ‘witnesses’ in the case to get Sunil Kulkarni convicted in the case.

The 55-year-old Kulkarni has been accused of trafficking of persons, causing hurt by means of poison and others. At present Kulkarni is in police custody.

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