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Party looking into sexual abuse charge against MLA: Kerala CPI-M

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 7 (IANS) Having drawn flak from several quarters, the Kerala CPI-M on Friday said the party is looking into allegations levelled by a woman against P.K. Sasi, the party legislator from Shornur in Palakkad district of the state.

In a statement, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) said the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a section of the media are making baseless allegations to malign the party.

“It was on August 14 that the state party unit got a complaint from the woman against Sasi. He was immediately summoned by the party and his explanation was taken.

“On August 31, a two-member committee of the party comprising state Minister for Culture A.K. Balan and Kannur Lok Sabha member P.K. Sreemathi was asked to look into it. Once the committee submits its report appropriate action will be there,” said the statement.

Sreemathi, a former State Health Minister, told the media that they are on the job. “It’s too early to say anything about it now as we have to meet the woman.”

The Congress has been critical of the government and also the Kerala State Women’s Commission (KSWC) Chairperson M.C. Josephine, a CPI-M Central Committee member, after she said since there is no complaint from the woman, nothing can be done.

State Youth Congress activists on Friday marched to the office of the state police chief here.

–IANS

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