(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 17, 2013
HC Finds Magistrate’s Faults in Rape Probe
IN what has surfaced as an unprecedented move to sabotage the solar panel scam investigation, the vigilance registrar of Kerala High Court found on November 13, 2013, that the additional chief judicial magistrate of Eranakulam had failed to record the main portions of the secret statement made by Saritha S Nair, the prime accused in the case. In this secret statement, she is said to have revealed that she was raped by many top politicians of the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF).
This shocking judicial finding suggests that the allegations made by the opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF) about the interference of the state government were justified. The finding became public through a reply to an RTI query. The magistrate’s reluctance to record Ms Saritha’s statement, despite having heard her for about 20 minutes in camera, has raked up huge protest all over the state. The LDF is building up a huge agitation including blockade of official residence of the Kerala chief minister, Oommen Chandi.
may note that the vigilance registrar,
The magistrate had informed the registrar that Saritha had indeed told him that she was sexually exploited by many. When the magistrate asked whether anyone had raped her, the answer was positive. When she was produced in the court, she had told the magistrate that she wanted to give a statement, but the magistrate didn’t take measures to record her statement. Instead, she was asked to give a statement to the superintendent of the jail where she was lodged.
It is learned that those who sexually exploited Saritha Nair include some persons who are ministers in the state and central governments today. The possibility of starting a new case is also being talked about now and the said magistrate may be called as a witness. The police have to make a suo moto case on the basis of the allegation of rape. The magistrate’s proffered justification was that he did not record of the statement about rape as he was not convinced about it. He also confessed that was not able to hear the names of the persons who had raped Ms Saritha.
CPI(M) state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has demanded immediate dismissal of the magistrate, N V Raju, who played an important role in order to sabotage the case. The findings of the High Court’s vigilance registrar are serious and the latest revelation points to a high level conspiracy. This expose is thus likely to give a new turn to the whole solar panel case. The CPI(M) leader has demanded that the High Court’s administrative committee should take appropriate action against the move to sabotage the case and that the police must start a fresh case on the basis of the latest allegations.
LAUNCHING a scathing attack on communal forces, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat has said that the RSS and the Sangh Parivar are trying to polarise the people on communal lines with an eye on the 2014 general elections. The recent spurt of communal violence reflected this design.
a meeting at
to the Muzaffarnagar violence in UP, he said this was not an
Before that, a series of communal incidents had occurred in
Uttar Pradesh and
Rajasthan, and later in
also pointed out that such incidents were taking place at a
time when the BJP
Karat recalled how the Left parties were able to mobilise 14 non-Congress secular parties on a common platform on October 30 in a bid to fight communalism.
Releasing the Mukhyadhara quarterly, Karat handed its first copy over to Kutbuddin Ansari. CPI(M) state secretary Pinarayi vijayan delivered the keynote address. Dr K T Jaleel, who edits the magazine, also spoke about it.
seminar “On Minorities, Secularism & Communal Fascism”
was also organised
in connection with the release. It was inaugurated
by Shabnam Hashmi while
Professor P T Abdul Latheef, deputy mayor of
CPI(M) Central Committe member Paloli Muhammed Kutty released a book titled Malabarile Muslingalum Idathupakshavum (Muslims in Malabar and the Left Front) written by CPI(M) state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan.