As the DMK and its allies on Friday pressed for a high court monitored probe by the CBI into the Pollachi scandal as political bigwigs were involved, the Chennai police slapped a case against DMK chief M K Stalin’s son-in-law Sabareesan Vedamurthi on a complaint from Assembly Deputy Speaker Pollachi Jayaraman that he was slandering him by linking his sons with the case.
The cyber crime wing registered a case against Sabareesan under the Information Technology Act on the charge that he was spreading disinformation on social media. Sabareesan has sent a legal notice to Jayaraman threatening to sue him for defamation.
While the National Commission for Women has written to the Director-General of Police asking for an action report, the Tamil chapter of the commission has said it will hold enquiry with Thirunavakkarasu, the main accused.
After the case assumed political overtones with the arrest of an AIADMK functionary A Nagarajan on a charge of assaulting the brother of a victim, the Government which initially transferred the case from the Pollachi case and gave it to the Crime Branch CID decided to hand it over to the CBI.
Stalin slammed the CB-CID for asking the complainants to give their name and address, assuring them their identity would be protected. He said this was a sure way to deter women from speaking up.
His sister and Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi, who held a demonstration in Pollachi on Wednesday, said Coimbatore superintendent of police R Pandiarajan deliberately revealed the name of the complainant.
Press reports said the office of the SP had released four press releases in which the complaint’s name and address were disclosed. Not only that, the GO on transfer of the case of the to the CBI also revealed the girl’s name and address and also her college disclosed the identity of her brother who was assaulted by Bar Nagaraj of the AIADMK Amma Peravai. Nagaraj has since arrested by the police in a separate case expelled by the party.
Kanimozhi said the detention of the four main accused, including alleged kingpin Thirunavakkarasu, under the Goondas Act for one year was an attempt at cover-up. Thirunavakkarasu had told the police that several politicians were involved in scandal.
According to the police, the gang lured women through Facebook, seduced them, videographed them in compromising position and extorted money. The police have recovered five expensive mobile phones from the house of Thirunavakkarasu. Leaked videos show at least 40 women had fallen victim over the years.
The Pollachi police have advised the people not to upload videos with “abusive content” on the social media” considering the importance of the case and the well-being of the affected”.