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July 25, 2021

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Kerala Forest Minister accused of intervening in molestation case filed towards social gathering chief

In contemporary headache for the Kerala authorities, Minister for Forest and Wildlife Safety AK Saseendran, has been accused of intervening in a case of molestation filed towards a frontrunner of his social gathering and exerting strain to suppress it. Saseendran is a frontrunner of the Nationalist Congress Occasion (NCP), a associate within the LDF authorities in Kerala.
The sufferer, daughter of an area NCP chief in Kollam district’s Kundara, had filed a case of molestation towards G Padmakaran, a member of the NCP state committee, on June 28.
In accordance with the sufferer, the accused had touched her hand inappropriately when she visited his store on March 6. The accused purportedly held a grudge towards her as she had contested the native physique elections in December final yr as a candidate of the BJP. He reportedly requested her if she acquired cash from the BJP for preventing on the social gathering’s ticket. If that’s the case, he may supply her the identical cash, he informed her, in a disparaging tone.
The sufferer informed reporters Tuesday that a number of NCP district and state leaders referred to as her on the insistence of Saseendran and Varkala Ravikumar, a celebration chief, to request her to not go forward with the criticism. Within the first week of July, Saseendran himself telephoned her father asking him to ‘settle it in a great way.’
“The minister referred to as my father and he knew what the problem was. The voice clip (of the decision) clearly signifies that he knew what the case was about…when my father requested him how he ought to ‘resolve’ it, the minister hung up after some time,” she mentioned.

The decision recording, now public, confirmed Saseendran’s dialog with the sufferer’s father. When the daddy asks him if he was speaking in regards to the case filed towards Padmakaran, the minister is heard saying, “Sure, sure, you should settle it. I heard about it and that’s why I’m telling you.” When the daddy asks him how he ought to ‘settle’ it, the minister smiles and says, “You know the way to do this.”
Saseendran, on his half, claimed that he didn’t understand it was a case of molestation. “I assumed it was a dispute between two staff of the social gathering. After I understood that it was greater than that, I withdrew,” he mentioned.
The Congress and the BJP have demanded the minister’s resignation.

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