Chennai, Apr 01: The Tamil Nadu Government on Monday transferred controversial Coimbatore district Superintendent of Police (SP) R Pandiarajan, days after he revealed the name of one of the victims of the Pollachi serial sexual assault and blackmailing case.
Pandiarajan, against whom even the Madras High Court came down heavily and demanded departmental action, was replaced by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Coimbatore. The DMK led opposition alleged that Pandiarajan was involved in the cover-up as two sons of Assembly Deputy Speaker Pollachi Jayaraman had been implicated.
The scandal, which was going on for some seven years, came to light when one of the victims came forward to lodge a police complaint. To deter other victims from coming out in the open, Pandiarajan, while announcing the arrests let out the name of the complainant, not once but twice.
Police have arrested four accused in the case,--Thirunavukkarasu (a financiar), Sathish, Sabarirajan, Vasanthakumar—are all in their 20. The police said they sexually assaulted several young women in Pollachi over a period of time, filmed the act and blackmailed them into silence.
Mobile phones seized from the accused had videos of at least 40 women whom the accused had allegedly blackmailed for money and sexual favours. Cases were registered against them under Sections 354(A) (sexual harassment), 354 (B) (assault or use of criminal force) of IPC read with 66 (E) of IT Act and Section 4 of Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act.
Following a public outcry, the State Government handed over the case to the CBI from the crime branch-CID. As the CBI is yet to take over the case, the CB-CID is continuing with the investigation. All the four have been detained under Goondas Act.
The involvement of the ruling party in the cover-up came to light after AIADMK functionary Bar Nagarajan, so named because he owns a bar attached to a TASMAC outlet in the townand his gang of four were arrested after they attacked the brother of the victim for going to the police. A separate case has been against them.