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HC dismisses plea seeking speedy probe against Chandy in

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

The High Court Monday dismissed in limine a plea seeking expeditious probe against senior in connection with a sexual assault case.

Dismissing the plea filed by the victim, a division bench headed by observed that the petitioner's apprehension was premature.

The court also observed that the complaint was preferred after seven years of the alleged incident.

Earlier, a single bench had dismissed her plea.

Last year, police had registered a case against former on complaints of sexual exploitation and rape lodged by a prime accused in the 'solar scam'.

had claimed that the cases were "politically motivated" and suggested an effort by the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government to deflect people's attention from the controversy.

The woman had accused Chandy of sexually exploiting her at Cliff House, the official residence of the chief minister, in 2012.

The woman and her co-accused had allegedly duped several investors of crores of rupees by offering to set up solar panel units for them.

The Congress-led (UDF) government of the day had formed a commission to probe the charges.

The commission's report, tabled in the Assembly on November 9, 2017, stated that Chandy and four of his personal staff members had "assisted" the woman and her company in cheating customers.

The report contained details of a letter written by the woman on July 19, 2013 to the then police

In the letter, she had levelled charges of sexual misconduct and corruption against several and leaders, including Chandy, some of his ministers and two former Union ministers.

The court had in May expunged the letter's contents from the commission report after Chandy sought quashing of the panel's findings against him.

'In limine' is a Latin term that means at the beginning or on the threshold.

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 19:15 IST