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2017 rape survivor approach HC over political interference: CPI(M) questions intention

2017 rape survivor approach HC over political interference: CPI(M) questions intention

Ernakulam: Senior leaders of the CPI(M) have questioned the motive behind 2017 sexual assault victim approaching the high court alleging that there has been political interference in the case, and misconduct by trial court judge Honey M Varghese.

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan CPI(M) State Secretary doubted the timing of actor Bhavana's petition and told reporters that it was suspicious that she filed her petition just before the Thrikkakara by-poll election. "This government has been with the survivor right from day one. The prosecution too acted accordingly. The allegations made against the ruling front have no basis. If there are complaints, they can approach the court. Also, since this has now come before the court, let them examine it," he said.

He further added, "If it was the UDF (United Democratic Front) rule, no such arrest would have taken place," in reference to the arrest of one of the main accused in the case, actor Dileep. He said that such a prominent person was arrested because of the diligence that this government showed.

Bhavana, in her petition that was filed on Monday, accused Dileep's lawyers, the trial court judge and the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala and implored the high court to make sure that there is no premature ending to the case. In her petition to the court, she has stated that she fears there has been political interference, and that the accused actor Dileep has used his influence with the ruling party to hinder the investigation in the case.

MM Mani, a former minister while speaking to the Asianet news said that he "felt that the actor assault case is a shameless case that has been going on for a while. The actor involved in the case has made a name as a good actor and I don't know how he was caught in this," speaking about Dileep. "The government has absolutely nothing to do in the case which is now before the court," he added. He also went on to say that if the case is probed further, "many things that cannot be spoken about" might come out. After making the statement, the senior leader said that he had "no intention of talking about it further", the News Minute reported.

EP Jayarajan, the LDF Convener cautioned against making false allegations with ulterior motives, saying that such allegations must be investigated. He also told Manorama News "Anyone can approach the court. But you should inquire whether there is any vested interest behind this". He added that such issues will have no impact on the by-poll in Thrikkakara.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, at an election campaign for the Thrikkakara by-poll however, assured that his government is working towards women safety and that particular care has been taken to support Bhavana in the actor assault case. "The government will ensure that the survivor will get the justice that Vismaya and Uthara got," he added, in reference to two cases of women violence in Kerala.

On February 2017, Bhavana was sexually assaulted by a man named 'Pulsar' Suni and accomplices. Actor Dileep, the 8th accused in the case has allegedly masterminded that attack.

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