Sending out a clear message, CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Tuesday said those who do wrong will not be protected by the party. “No CPI(M) worker will get special consideration from the ruling party led government,” he told reporters. The remarks come close on the heels of two party workers in Wadakkancherry being suspended after a woman alleged that she had been gangraped by them two years ago.
Kodiyeri also criticised Thrissur District Secretary K Radhakrishnan for disclosing the name of the rape victim.
He said the party was of the same opinion put forth by CPI(M) General secretary Sitaram Yechury, who had said that the victim’s name should not have been disclosed.
He also said the media ban in courts by a section of lawyers was similar to the central government’s directive to NDTV to go off air for a day on November 9 over its coverage of the Pathankot terror attack.
The order was put on hold on Monday.
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“Mediapersons have the right to do their duty without fear in any place. The responsiblity to protect the rights of media personnel inside courts rests with respective judicial officers,” he said.
Seeking action against such lawyers, the CPI(M) leader said their acts should be viewed as a criminal offence.
“The judiciary should uphold its dignity by sending a clear message to the lawyers that these type of actions will not be tolerated”, he said.
Kodiyeri also wanted various organisations of lawyers to intervene strongly and put an end to the obstruction by a section of lawyers.