CHENNAI: The Madras excessive court docket on Friday requested the state authorities why it had not suspended a DGP-rank officer accused of sexually harassing a girl IPS officer, when it had suspended an SP for allegedly blocking the sufferer’s automotive whereas she was speeding to Chennai to file a criticism. The court docket has sought a standing report by March 16.
“The SP was solely an arrow, the (then) particular DGP was the bow. However the arrow has been suspended, not the bow. Is the particular DGP so highly effective that the state can not droop him?” Justice N Anand Venkatesh requested public prosecutor A Natarajan on Friday. The choose made the statement whereas listening to a suo motu case initiated by him.
HC refuses to vacate prohibition in opposition to publicising accused’s identify
The case was initiated on the premise of the girl SP’s criticism of sexual harassment by the then particular DGP who was later faraway from the publish and has not been assigned any accountability but.
Noting that the court docket would be certain that the probe was intently monitored, Justice Anand Venkatesh directed the prosecutor to file a standing report on the investigation by March 16.
The court docket additionally refused to vacate the prohibition in opposition to publicising the identify of the accused along with the sufferer. “The court docket didn’t need a parallel media trial to occur on this case,” the choose mentioned.
Advocate Abdul Saleem, representing the DGP, submitted that whereas the accused officer was cooperating with the investigation and had filed his submission earlier than the interior complaints committee (ICC), a committee member had overtly commented on WhatsApp that the accused ought to be hanged with out trial. The remark was made even earlier than the proceedings began, he mentioned.
“And, one other individual, whom I’ve cited as a witness to my case, is sitting as a committee member,” he mentioned, including that he be permitted to place sure issues to the court docket explaining the way through which the inquiry is happening, in a sealed cowl.
To this, Justice Anand Venkatesh mentioned, “I might respect it in the event you maintain watching as to what’s taking place right here relatively than making submissions on this case. The extra submissions you make the extra the court docket has an issue. No matter protest you wish to make, give it in writing and let it’s a part of the case file.”
(The sufferer’s id has not been revealed to guard her privateness as per Supreme court docket directives on instances associated to sexual assault)