Actress attack case: Survivor meets CM at secretariat

CM Pinarayi Vijayan (Photo: Ridin Damu)

Thiruvananthapuram: At a time when the state government is reeling under pressure over the survivor’s plea alleging political intervention in the ongoing probe of 2017 actress assault case, the actress met CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday morning.

The survivor was accompanied by dubbing artist Bhagyalakshmi. The meeting was held at the secretariat and lasted for 10 minutes. It is learnt that the survivor shared her concerns over the case. The CM had telephonic interactions with ADGP, DGP and senior probe officials regarding the case.

It may be noted that the Thrikkakara elections are around the corner and the plea submitted by the survivor became a political hot potato.

The government maintained that it has always sided with the survivor. Ministers and representatives of the ruling front claimed that political opponents are using the survivor for political gains during this election time.

Thrikkakara election date is May 31. The deadline given by the court to submit the further investigation report on the 2017 actress assault case is also May 31. It is learnt that the survivor approached the court with the plea to avert the chance of hurried submission of report.

The survivor, in her plea, had criticised the government and the trial court and sought the High Court's intervention.

"It is painfully submitted that the Government of Kerala which gave support to the cause of the petitioner/victim at the initial stage and allowed a fair investigation in the case by police officers of high integrity and took credit of the investigation politically has backtracked from its constitutional legal commitment of conducting a free, fair and complete investigation in the case," she said in her plea.

She also alleged that Dileep has unlawfully influenced some of the politicians of the ruling front in the state and attempted to interfere with the further investigation in the case and prematurely close the same.

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