Kerala MLA facing molestation charge stays away from public meetings

CPM has directed minister A.K. Balan and veteran leader P.K. Sreemathy to inquire into the complaint

Thiruvananthapuram: A Communist Party of India (Marxist) MLA in Kerala who is facing a charge of attempted molestation, kept away from public meetings on Saturday even as many demanded action against him.

Shoranur Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) P.K. Sasi, who has denied the charges, kept off meetings on Saturday on grounds of health issues.

On Friday, the Youth Congress and Yuva Morcha activists had carried out protest marches against the MLA.

The CPM has directed minister A.K. Balan and veteran leader P.K. Sreemathy to look into the complaint against Sasi. However, the opposition parties in the state are up in arms against the CPM’s decision to have a party panel investigate the complaint instead of handing it over to the police.

The woman complainant has not yet filed a report with the police. Instead, she complained against the Shoranur MLA to the party’s national leadership.

Minister Balan said the complainant had sought a party-level investigation into the matter, and that the party would not disappoint her.

On social media, hundreds of people posted sarcastically that if a nun’s abuse cases is investigated by the church and the molestation complaint against the CPM MLA is investigated by the party, the case against prominent actor Dileep — accused of masterminding the kidnapping and sexual abuse of an actress — should be handed over to the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is away in the US for medical treatment for a few weeks. He has not given charge of his portfolios to any one of his ministerial colleagues.

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