Thiruvananthapuram: Lawyer N Rajesh who appeared for one of the accused in the Walayar rape case will be ousted from the post of Chairman of Palakkad Child Welfare Committee. Government has ordered him to stay away from official duties.
Rajesh who appeared in the court for the third accused in the case was later appointed as the Palakkad CWC Chairman.
There were a lot of condemnations against this following which he has been instructed to keep away from office. When removed from post immediately, there could be many legal problems.
Once the procedures are completed, he would either be expelled from post or given the choice to resign.
The case surfaced in January 2017, when an 11-year-old girl's body was found by her nine-year-old sister in her house in a village in Walayar. Two months later, the younger girl was also found dead in her home in similar circumstances.
Though the police arrested five persons, the accused were, however, let off last week by a court for want of evidence as the prosecution failed to prove the case against them.
When the court verdict came, the mother of the victims told the media that even with the autopsy report stating that sexual assault was carried out, the prosecution failed to do.
The Assembly witnessed a protest over the acquittal of the key accused in a case, with the Congress-led Opposition seeking a discussion on the issue and a CBI probe.
Even as the noisy scenes continued in the Assembly, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan remained non-committal over the Opposition demand.
While denying the demand for an adjournment motion to discuss the issue, CM assured the House that a humanitarian approach would be taken and the government will appeal against the verdict. He also said that his government may consider a CBI probe.
"We all expected that the accused would be punished, but the verdict was otherwise. We will look into all aspects and consider," he said.
Unhappy with CM’s statement, the entire Opposition protested in the Assembly forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House for the day.
As the Opposition launched an attack against the government, the website of the Kerala Law department was hacked by Kerala Cyber Warriors with a hashtag surfacing 'Justice for our sisters'.
(with inputs from IANS)