The CPM’s attempt to hush up the sexual assault complaint against Shoranur legislator PK Sasi appears to have failed. The DYFI leader, who had in August complained to the party central leadership about the assault by Sasi, has knocked at its door again.
Indications of the party trying to downplay the charge were made clear when Minister AK Balan, one of the two-member probe team appointed to look into the charge, recently shared the dais with Sasi during a party meeting. Even at the DYFI district meeting, organisation leader M Swaraj tried to stall attempts to raise the Sasi issue when the complainant was one its youth leaders.
The complaint this time to the party leadership is that the State leadership was trying to sabotage the probe. She had first made a complaint to the party state leadership against Sasi's assault bid at his home town of Mannarkad in Palakkad district. Receiving no response, she wrote to politburo member Brinda Karat which also proved futile. She then emailed party general secretary Sitaram Yechuri attaching audio recordings of the MLA’S lewd talks over phone. The response was quick and he publicly said he had asked the state leadership to look into the matter.
An embarrassed state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan immediately announced that the probe had begun under Balan and PK Sreemathy, MP.
Two state committee meetings after that did not take up the matter, forcing the complainant to raise the matter again. She had earlier pointed out that there was pressure on her to withdraw the complaint and money was promised.
In case the state leadership tries it delaying tactics, the woman would be forced to file a police complaint and the party will be shamed further as there would be Sasi's arrest.
Party sources in Palakkad said all attempts would be made to “force the girl to withdraw the petition” as the party cannot face more issues. The flood, Sabarimala, graft allegation in the granting of permits for breweries, though withdrawn later and now the nepotism charge against Minister KT Jaleel, the party will not be able to withstand the pressure if action is taken the MLA for such a 'shameful’ act, they added.