SC asks Sasikala Pushpa to join probe, orders protection to MP

SC asks Sasikala Pushpa to join probe, orders protection to MP

The Supreme Court on Monday asked expelled AIADMK Rajya Sabha member Sasikala Pushpa to join the probe into two criminal cases relating to alleged sexual harassment, ill-treatment of her former maids and forging of documents in her anticipatory bail petition.

The apex court also ordered protection from arrest of the Pushpa and her family members in the alleged sexual harassment case filed against them by their former maid servant.

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur ordered Ms. Pushpa to be present before police stations investigating the two cases and “cooperate with the investigation”.

Pushpa’s lawyer and senior advocate Meenakshi Arora assured the court that her client was willing to abide by any conditions imposed by the court.

The apex court, which continued with its order of 26 August granting protection from arrest to the MP, said she will appear on 3 October at a police station in Thoothukudi where a case has been lodged against her and some of her family members for alleged sexual harassment of their maids under the Indian Penal Code and the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act, claiming that the victims were minor.

Taking note of the submission of her counsel that there was threat to her life, the bench directed Tamil Nadu police to ensure full protection to her so that no harm is caused when she appears before the investigating agencies.