The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday stayed lower court proceedings against Assistant Professor Nirmala Devi in the audio tape scandal case. Passing an interim order in the case, the court also ordered notice to the State.
A Division Bench of Justices N. Kirubakaran and S.S. Sundar observed, “A woman is inside the prison for more than a year. What is the necessity for this? The investigation is over and a charge-sheet has been filed in the case. She is entitled to default bail. Even those accused of murder are out on bail. This is shameful. There should be reasonableness. Now, this raises serious questions.”
During the course of the hearing, senior counsel Veera Kathiravan said the call records of the accused were examined only after March 15, 2018, which was when the leaked audio tape first surfaced, and records prior to March 15 or the contacts were not examined at all.
Taking the submissions into account, the court said an accused could not be kept in custody indefinitely It took cognisance of the fact that the other two accused in the case — V. Murugan and S. Karuppasamy — were out on bail. The court ordered a stay in the case and adjourned it for further hearing.
The court was hearing a PIL petition filed by P. Suganthi, general secretary, All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA). She had sought a direction to transfer the investigation from the CB-CID to the CBI.
The petitioner said the case involved a crime that was not ordinary in nature.
A shocking reality was that human trafficking continued to generate business throughout the world despite numerous laws and conditions. The merchandise for this lucrative trade were women and children. Finding and punishing the tail of the network will not uproot this social evil. Unless the heads were caught, prosecuted and punished, the evils cannot be stopped, she said.
The case had sent shock waves across the State. It was alleged that Ms. Devi tried to lure girl students of the Devanga Arts College into offering sexual favours in return for academic gain.
Amidst the chaos caused by COVID-19, Government and the public are taking necessary precautions to control the malicious spread of the virus. But still, the virus seems to spread because of minor negligence and carelessness of some. The journalists are the essential social workers, who are carrying the duty of reporting the news to the public. Unfortunately, even journalists are getting affected by the virus. A few cases in the state of Tamil Nadu and Mumbai panicked everyone. A recent report states that a Telugu journalist has also been affected by this virus and has tested positive for COVID-19.
Mehboobnagar NTV staff reporter Ahmad Pasha, Cameraman Srinivas, and T-News staff reporter Naresh have tested positive. They have been moved to the isolation chambers at Mehboobnagar Government Hospital. Along with them are Prime 9 News staff reporter Shankar (Kotthapet), AP 24/7 staff reporter Harishankar (Gadwal).
While investigating their cause, it seems that they've got infected from Gadwal MLA Krishna Mohan Reddy. The MLA participated in the cremation ritual of his brother. MLA's brother passed away because of COVID-19. It looks like they've met him for consolation and had lunch with him. This has been recognized as the cause and it looks like each one of them went back to their homes after their lunch. Doctors and authorities are processing tests for their families too. The affected have moved them into isolation. They've alerted all the media personalities and channels to proceed with proper safety measures. The journalists are also under a keen watch now. They are taking strict measures.
With the rise in the number of positive coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu, the state government has imposed a lockdown. The lockdown has had a huge impact on the film industry. The Union Head of the Film Employees Federation of South India has released a statement. In the statement, the union head reveals the dire state of the union workers.
He says the virus has disturbed the nation and society. It has crippled the workers and technicians from being able to earn a living. The union has over 25,000 members and nearly 10,000 of them are daily wage workers. With the shutting of film shoots, they lost their source of income.
Selvamani cites the example of a lightman who is unable to met day to day expenses. Selvamani urges the film fraternity to come forward and help the union in this time of crisis.
Selvamani has requested his fellow film industry colleagues, especially those who are doing well to support their needy industry mates. He has stated that if they were to help each family to get a pack of rice, it will cost them about 2 crore rupees. He has urged the film fraternity to help the families of workers without whom they the production of films will be impossible.
Actors such as Suriya, Karthi, Roshan and Manobala have come forward to help.
Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth said today that there should be more space for young people - those under the age of 45 - in politics. The 69-year-old superstar, whose entry into electoral politics is keenly anticipated ahead of Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu next year, also played down talk of chief ministership, saying he had "never imagined me as Chief Minister" and "only want(ed) change".
We need a good leader. A good leader is someone who creates leaders. It is selflessness that drives me. I want a movement and a wave to come up. I believe there will be a wave to fill the leadership wave created by the death of Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi," he said. I have decided to be the party head, Rajinikanth said. "My proposal includes appointing educated and compassionate youngster as chief minister," he said. If he made the plunge, he said, he will encourage retired bureaucrats, judges and IPS and IAS officers would enter politics. He also called for a clear division between party and government.
Who will be the chief minister? Rajinikanth named no names at the Chennai event where his political vision outlined. But the veteran actor said he would pick a responsible, self-respecting person. After hearing this, we can recollect these words from someone from Telangana. Yes. During the Telangana movement, KCR announced that apart from him, he will make some other person as CM. Rajini's words are quite similar to KCR. Sources say that, as KCR failed to keep his promise, Rajini also might fail. If he really wants to see a change, it's a good thought of making someone else as CM. But if not? People will not believe Rajini anymore.