The Pinarayi Vijayan Government is learnt to have decided not to take any tough stand against Chaitra Teresa John, the women police officer who kick started a political row by raiding the district committee office of the CPM in Thiruvananthapuram.
The recent anti-women allegations against the party have put the Pinarayi Government on a defensive mode. An imminent arrest of CPIM Kannur district secretary P Jayarajan and TV Rajesh , chargesheeted by the CBI in the murder of Muslim Youth League leader Abdul Shukhoor in 2012 and the party reprimanding legislator S Rajendran for his 'senseless’ abuse of a woman bureaucrat in Idukki have also left CPM on the defensive as campaign for the coming Lok Sabha is all set to kick off.
The intimidating strategy of the Government to implement the Supreme Court verdict on young women entry to Sabarimala has antagonised a large section of the people. Wriggling to come out of the Sabarimala crisis that it created, the CPM has now been burdened with fresher crises.
Some sources said that the responsible government officials after long deliberations appeared to have agreed with the police department’s finding that she had not overstepped her legal authority. Earlier, police higher officials in their report said that they could not formally found any fault on Chaitra for giving pursuit to suspects who had thrown stones at a police station.
The CPM higher body which put pressure on Chief Minister to take action against the SP Chaitra is now not as aggressive. It is learnt that Chief Minister also changed his mind on the issue and began to think that Chaitra had perhaps acted in good faith.
The police have maintained that the charge was false and the SP had conducted herself professionally. She had inspected the party office after getting information from the Intelligence that the accused in the medical college police station attack case had sought refuge there.
Now, the CPM’s action may limit to the legal battle against the officer on the charge of having barged into the house of a suspect, a party worker, at night, assaulted his family, and abused them by their caste name. The family has also filed a complaint against the officer.