Walayar rape case: Government to file appeal, replace public prosecutor
Thiruvananthapuram: The state government has decided to file an appeal against the court order acquitting the accused in the Walayar rape case. It has also decided to replace the public prosecutor. The decisions were taken in a high-level meeting attended by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan along with state police chief and Director General of Prosecution.
Prosecution Director General Manjeri Sreedharan Nair said that an appeal will be filed against the trail court verdict.
“We will approach the court to continue with the investigation. All the legal possibilities to conduct a re-trail will be sought,” he told media after the meeting with CM.
Kerala has been witnessing widespread protests against the acquittal of the accused. The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) had also found serious lapses from investigating officials in the case. Various parties and organisations have demanded CBI probe into the matter.
Following this, CM had said in the Assembly that it would be decided after examinations whether a CBI probe or a re-probe was required.
Brushing aside the allegation raised by the Opposition that the case was sabotaged, CM had also said that an appeal would be filed against the court verdict.
Earlier, the Palakkad Child Welfare Committee Chairman was removed from post following protests against him as he had appeared in the court for one of the accused.