CPM action against Sasi on sexual assault charge likely on Saturday

CPM action against Sasi on sexual assault charge likely on Saturday


The CPM state committee meeting on Saturday is likely to take action against party leader PK Sasi, MLA of Shoranur on the complaint of his sexually assaulting a DYFI leader.

The complaint had been filed to party secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan in early August. Having received no response, she complained to politiburo member Brinda Karat who too did not react. She then emailed party general secretary Sitaram Yechuri along with clippings of the legislator's lewd talk over phone and he went public to say the state leadership had been asked to probe the matter.

However, in a face-saving bid, Kodiyeri announced in early September that the probe had already been initiated. Minister AK Balan and PK Sreemathy, MP, were entrusted with the probe.

Balan had gone on record that action would be taken. The team had quizzed Sasi, the complainant and a few DYFI leaders who tried to influence the victim with the offer of money if she withdrew her complaint.

With the victim firm on her charge and wanting a party-level probe and not complaining to police, the CPM has been saved from embarrassment and is likely to take stern action. Sasi had been, after the complaint was made public, asked to stay away from public meetings. Sasi claimed a section in the party had hoisted the charges to tarnish him and spoil his political career.

The probe report is to be presented to party state secretariat on Friday for proposing action and next day to the state committee which would take a final decision on the matter.