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Kerala: CPI(M) Suspends MLA Sasi Following Sexual Harassment Charges

New Delhi: The ruling CPI(M) in Kerala on Monday suspended its Shoranur MLA, P.K. Sasi against whom sexual harassment charges were levelled by a woman party worker. The suspension from the party’s primary membership will last for six months.

The decision was taken at the CPI(M) state committee meeting at AKG Centre, the party headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram.

The Left party said Sasi was suspended from the CPI(M)’s primary membership for six months after it was found that he had conversed with a woman worker “in a manner not befitting a party leader”.

The decision will be implemented after getting ratification from the party’s central committee, the release said.

A female Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) leader had accused Sasi of trying to sexually abuse her following which the party had initiated a probe.

A two-member party appointed commission, comprising law minister, A.K. Balan, and Kannur MP and central committee member P.K. Sreemathy, which probed the allegations stated in its report that Sasi had not sexually assaulted the complainant, but had conversed with her inappropriately.

Sasi, Palakkad district secretariat member, who had earlier dismissed the allegation against him saying it was a “well planned conspiracy” to malign him politically, on Monday said he would accept any decision the CPI(M) took against him and would always remain with the party.

The complaint had been sent to CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat on August 14 and via an e-mail to CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury as well.

The CPI(M) decision comes a day ahead of the Kerala assembly session convening on Tuesday, which is likely to be stormy.

 

courtesy: The Wire

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