Two lawyers from Tamil Nadu on Friday, 15 March, moved the Supreme Court seeking court-monitored probe into the Pollachi serial sexual assault case. They also asked for directions to the state and its police to provide necessary safeguard to the victim and their families, reported Live Law.
The plea also sought the director general of police to initiate a departmental enquiry against R Pandiarajan, the Coimbatore Rural Superintendent of Police, for revealing the identity of the victim, the report added.
This comes a day after the Madras High Court declined to order a court-monitored CBI probe into the Pollachi case, citing the Tamil Nadu government order transferring it to the central investigating agency.
Madurai Bench of Madras HC Orders Compensation
The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court, on the same day, instructed the Tamil Nadu government to pay Rs 25 lakh as compensation to the Pollachi assault survior, as interim relief
The Bench also instructed the government to take action to remove all the videos related to the case.
Madras HC Dismisses Plea Seeking Court-Monitored Probe
A group of women lawyers had made an urgent mention before the first bench of Chief Justice VK Tahilramani and Justice M Duraiswamy, requesting the court to take suo motu cognisance of the incident.
After assigning the case pertaining to the sexual harassment of a 19-year-old woman by a gang in Coimbatore, the state government has issued an order for a CBI probe in the wake of allegations that several other woman had been assaulted.
The gang of four men had on 12 February allegedly tried to strip the woman inside a car near Pollachi, over 500 km from Chennai, and had recorded the act and blackmailed her using the visuals.
The victim, who managed to free herself, lodged a complaint with police on 24 February.
The case assumed political overtones since a local functionary of ruling AIADMK allegedly attacked the victim's brother.
(With inputs from PTI, Live Law)
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