Survivor of actress assault case to meet CM Pinarayi on Thursday

Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The survivor of the 2017 actress assault case will meet chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday at around 10 in the morning. The meeting will take place in the state secretariat here.

The meeting comes at a point when the leaders of the ruling dispensation questioned the motive behind her plea in the HC against 'backstepping of government' in the assault case. The opposition had slammed the government for the comments against the plea.

In her plea, the survivor has also raised serious allegations against the trial court saying the presiding officer has some "vested interest to save the culprits."

The plea came a day after the Crime Branch has reportedly decided to wind up the investigation into a related case of an alleged tampering of digital evidence.

"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 had said.

CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the timing of the plea was questionable as the Thrikkakara byelection was nearing. CM Pinarayi said that the government has always stood with the survivor.

Kerala High Court on Wednesday, in response to the plea submitted by the survivor in actress assault case raising allegations of political intervention in the ongoing probe, has sought the explanation from the state government over the matter here on Wednesday.

While considering the plea, Justice Ziyad Rahman directed the government to furnish its written explanation on May 27 (Friday).

Meanwhile, Director General of Prosecution (DGP) brought the attention of the court to certain matters and explained the stand of the government in the case. DGP said that the government has always stood with the survivor and pointed out that she was consulted before appointing the prosecutor.

DGP further said that the allegations in the plea do not seem to be that of the survivor and urged the latter’s counsel to stay away from such controversies.

The state government has never intervened in the case and the administration would give a written explanation soon, DGP added.

(With inputs from PTI)

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