NCW member sacked over Mangalore pub attack probe

National Commission of Women (NCW) member Nirmala Venkatesh,who had invited the wrath of the Government and many women’s groups for her controversial remarks in the Mangalore pub attack case.....

Written by Express News Service | Bangalore/new Delhi | Published:February 28, 2009 11:34 pm

National Commission of Women (NCW) member Nirmala Venkatesh,who had invited the wrath of the Government and many women’s groups for her controversial remarks in the Mangalore pub attack case,was sacked from the panel on Friday.

A former member of the Karnataka Legislative Council,Venkatesh was removed from the NCW with immediate effect for conducting herself in a manner “unbecoming of her high post”.

Leading a three-member fact-finding mission into the case in which several girls present at the pub were assaulted by activists of Sri Ram Sene,Venkatesh had found fault with the bar owner but made no mention of the hooligans. She had recommended action against the bar owner for failing to provide adequate security to its customers.

Her remarks had created a big furore and had forced Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury to send another fact-finding team to Mangalore.

Venkatesh,in the meantime,was served with a show-cause notice for her failure to submit a report about her investigations into the matter and her indiscretion of going to the media with her comments. A government notification ordering her removal said Venkatesh’s reply in the matter had been found to be unsatisfactory.

In a related development,two separate sessions courts in Mangalore have stayed a move initiated by the district administration to make Mangalore district out of bounds for key members of the Sri Ram Sene for their role in disrupting law and order through the January 24 pub attack and threats to disrupt the Valentine’s Day.

As part of an effort to rein in the local units of the right-wing Sri Ram Sene,the court of the Mangalore assistant commissioner had issued show-cause notices to five leaders of the group,including Prasad Attavar,the district convener,and Subhash Padil who is alleged to have led the attack on women at a local pub.

The notices had sought replies from the Sene men as to why they should continue to be allowed to reside in the district.

Following the notices,Attavar and Padil had approached the sessions courts against the district administration’s move.

Two separate session courts have stayed the move to make Mangalore out of bounds for the Sene leaders for three months and ordered for all records and files of the move to be placed in the courts.

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