Thiruvananthapuram: The primary day of the second session of the Kerala Meeting on Thursday noticed the opposition Congress raking up the difficulty of the Forest Minister A Okay Saseendran, who had allegedly tried to settle a sexual harassment case, and the UDF staged a walkout protesting the Speaker’s resolution to not permit an adjournment movement within the matter.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who replied to adjournment movement moved by Congress legislator P C Vishnunath, stated the minister had already made it clear that he had interfered considering it was some party-related matter.
“The complainant and the accused within the case are get together employees of the NCP. The minister had made it clear, that as a celebration chief, he simply enquired a couple of dispute between the 2 get together employees,” Vijayan stated.
The chief minister additionally knowledgeable the Home that police was probing the criticism of the sufferer and there was no want to debate it within the Home.
Chief of Opposition within the Meeting V D Satheesan stated it was clear by the voice clip that was aired within the media that the minister interfered within the probe.
“From the voice clip, it’s clear that the Forest Minister interfered within the matter and requested the daddy of the sufferer to settle the case,” Satheesan stated and later the Congress-led United Democratic Entrance (UDF) staged a walkout.
Vijayan stated the NCP minister made it clear that he by no means had any intention to weaken the case and didn’t name any police officer within the matter.
“The Minister, who’s the chief of NCP, had referred to as the get together employee to resolve a party-related challenge. He had made it clear that when he got here to know concerning the sexual harassment matter, he determined to not intervene,” Vijayan stated.
Vishnunath, whereas presenting the movement, stated the minister as a substitute of supporting the sufferer, tried to affect her father.
“The minister as a substitute of extending assist to the sufferer, referred to as her father to make sure that no authorized motion shall be taken towards the wrongdoer. She filed the criticism on June 28 and the police is but to report her assertion,” the Kundara legislator stated.
Curiously, Saseendran needed to resign as transport minister from the primary Vijayan authorities, within the wake of sleaze speak allegations towards him.
The problem got here to the fore after Malayalam information channels began airing an alleged telephonic dialog between Saseendran and the lady’s father, looking for to settle the difficulty by mutual settlement.
Subsequently, the minister had advised the media that he did name up the lady’s father, however to attempt to settle what he thought was a dispute within the get together.
He had claimed that when he discovered that it was a case of tried sexual assault, he didn’t intervene any additional.
The girl, a BJP member, stated the NCP member in query had requested her in March whether or not she had joined BJP to earn cash and if that’s the case, he would pay her and had then allegedly grabbed her arm.
Nonetheless, she had not lodged a criticism then.
Thereafter, the NCP member used to mock her at varied fora after which on June 28 posted her election marketing campaign poster on WhatsApp with the remark that her father received her to hitch BJP for incomes cash.
On seeing this, she advised her father concerning the earlier incident and he stated a criticism must be lodged with police.