Pollachi: Tamil Nadu govt transfers investigation into over 50 sexual abuse cases to CBI
The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday decided to transfer investigation into over 50 cases of sexual abuse against women in Pollachi against four accused persons to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), following massive outrage by people in the state.
Earlier in the day, an order was passed by Tamil Nadu DGP TK Rajendran, approving the transfer of the sexual assault case to the CID. The main accused in the case also had his bail plea cancelled today.
However, the case will now be transferred to the CBI following demands made by state opposition parties and prominent personalities.
Coimbatore SP Rural R. Pandiarajan on Pollachi sex scandal (more than 50 women lured and sexually harassed by a gang of 4 and the acts videographed): Case has been registered; concerned 4 accused arrested and remanded under Goonda Act pic.twitter.com/xXWxeWEhDFANI (@ANI) March 12, 2019
While DMK's MK Stalin accused the state ruling AIADMK of playing politics over the cases of sexual abuse, actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan urged the police today to speed up investigation in the horrific cases of sexual assault against college-going women students
Meanwhile, the district collector of Coimbatore, K Rajamani, has invoked provisions under the Goondas Act against all of the accused individuals in the Pollachi assault case.
According to the provisions under the Goondas Act, any person can be detained without bail for a period that can be extended after one year.
The development comes a day after Pollachi Magistrate Court remanded the accused, all of whom were a part of a gang responsible for sexually harassing several women in the past.
All the accused, Thirunavukkarasu (26), Sathish (29), Sabarirajan (25) and Vasanthakumar (24), have been detained under the Goondas Act.
While a total of eight arrests were made in connection with the case in Pollachi, located in Tamil Nadu's northwestern Coimbatore district, only four were booked under sections sexual harassment (354 A), assault (354 B).
Police claimed that all the arrested individuals are repeat offenders who targeted women students on social media and trapped them. They would invite the women for long drives or dinners and later sexually abuse them after winning their trust.
(With inputs from Lokpria Vasudevan and Akshaya Nath in Chennai)