Sacked NCW member to challenge removal in SC

Sacked NCW member Nirmala Venkatesh termed her removal and rejection of her interim report on Mangalore pub attack as a 'deep political conspiracy'.

Written by Agencies | Bangalore | Published: March 2, 2009 2:59 pm

Terming her removal and rejection of her interim report on the Mangalore pub attack as a “deep political conspiracy”,sacked NCW member Nirmala Venkatesh on Monday said she would challenge the decisions in the Supreme Court.

A former member of the State Legislative Council,Venkatesh also said that she resigned from the Congress party on February 28 as she was “deeply hurt”.

“This is a deep political conspiracy against me to tarnish my image. I am being made a political victim. I am deeply hurt and shocked”,Venkatesh told a press conference here on the rejection of her report and sacking.

“I am shocked that certain people (whose name I don’t want to mention),who have personal dislike for my honest work and clean image are out to settle personal scores against me in this manner”,she added.

Venkatesh chose not to directly target Union Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury or NCW (National Commission for Women) Chairperson Girija Vyas for her removal from the membership,but blamed what she called the “system”.

Advocate V Sreenivas,part of the two-member commission tasked with inquiring into the January 24 Mangalore pub attack,said the rejection of the report as well as her removal from NCW would be challenged in the Supreme Court “immediately”.

Terming the rejection of the interim report as “unconstitutional”,Sreenivas alleged it was done without any “cogent reason”.

Venkatesh said she had submitted her interim report as per Chowdhury’s request within a day. But the NCW did not forward it for the next five-six days and had “hidden it”.

“Why urgently she (Renuka Chowdhury) needed the report,I don’t know”.

Asked if she thought Vyas is responsible for the delay in forwarding the report to the Minister,she said: “Maybe”.

According to her,the interim report recommended that the culprits be booked under section 307 CrPC,which provides for life imprisonment.

Venkatesh said there was an attempt to besmirch the name of “peace loving Karnataka” and make the pub issue a big one,while there were “bigger atrocities” happening in Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh,which were not getting attention.

On the charge that her team had not spoken to the victims,she said not even a single victim had come forward to depose,leading to the case being “diluted and weakened”.

Meanwhile,at the press conference a person claiming to be a reporter in a raised voice insisted that his question be answered first,leading to disruption for a few minutes. He was evicted by mediapersons themselves.

Venkatesh termed this episode as a “conspiracy” to disrupt her press conference.

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