Updated: October 29, 2019 6:59:16 am
Amid an uproar over the acquittal of the accused in the rape of two Dalit minors, who were later found dead, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday told the Kerala Assembly that the government is considering a reinvestigation or a CBI probe.
The Assembly was adjourned for the day as the Congress-led Opposition stalled proceedings, alleging lapses in the police probe and prosecution’s conduct in the case at the POCSO court in Palakkad. Organisations affiliated to the Congress and BJP took out protest marches in Palakkad demanding a CBI probe.
On Friday, the court had acquitted three persons in the case pertaining to the 2017 rape of minor Dalit sisters in Palakkad. The girls, aged nine and 13, were found hanging at their home on different days over two months.
Vijayan told the Assembly, “The government wants to ensure justice for the family. A decision would be taken after looking into whether CBI probe or reinvestigation was suitable.” He also said an appeal would be moved in the case and a senior advocate would be appointed.
The case saw a twist after N Rajesh, an advocate who had appeared for one of the accused, was appointed as the chairman of the Child Welfare Committee earlier this year. The public prosecutor, Jalaja Madhavan, was a junior to Rajesh, who is a local CPI(M) leader, and was later removed as prosecutor. Following the controversy, on Monday, Rajesh was removed from the post
“The trial court did not find tenable evidence to ascertain the role of the alleged accused… The mother, in her statement before the magistrate, had named only one person although she had been aware that two persons had abused her daughter,” police sources said.
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