Police rules out action in CPIM legislator Sasi’s sexual assault issue
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Police rules out action in CPIM legislator Sasi’s sexual assault issue

Police have ruled out filing a case against Shoranur legislator and CPM leader PK Sasi facing charges of sexual assault.

Thrissur range Inspector General MR Ajithkumar in his report to Director General of Police Loknath Behera on Saturday said no case could be registered against Sasi since there was no complaint filed to the police by the victim, her friends or her relatives.

The report was on the basis of a review of the matter by the Palakkad police authorities. They had also spoken to the victim who was unwilling to make a complaint and preferred to be silent on the matter. Besides, advice was given by law experts that in such a situation, a case could not be taken forward.

Separately, the party appointed a two-member committee to probe the matter and report to the state leadership. The two members are Law Minister AK Balan and PK Sreemathy, MP. However, there is the argument that under the law such matters should be taken up with the police. And Balan, holding the Law portfolio, was well aware of the laws of the land.

A DYFI leader had in a complaint to party state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan in August said she was sexually assaulted by Sasi at Mannarkad. But after not receiving any response, she wrote to party politburo member Brinda Karat who too failed to respond.

This made her to email party general secretary Sitaram Yechuri with clippings of the MLA’s lewd talk. The response was immediate as Yechuri asked the state leadership to probe the matter. In a face-saving bid, Kodiyeri claimed to the media that a probe had already been initiated.

According to party sources, Sasi and the victim as also two DYFI leaders, who contacted the victim to hush up the matter and promised her huge money to withdraw her complaint, were questioned. The report is said to be ready and Sasi and the two DYFI leaders were likely to face stern action.

However, the police stand in the matter has come as a relief to Sasi as he will have to face only party action.