: Representatives of various women's organisations on Wednesday voiced fears that there was a conspiracy to frame the Suryanelli rape case victim in a financial fraud case.
Talking to mediapersons, R. Parvathidevi said the timing of the case was important as the appeal on the Suryanelli case has been listed in the apex court. It can come up any moment, and the credibility of the earlier deposition of the victim could be at stake.
Anila George, advocate and activist, said she had information that the details of the deposition made by the girl during the departmental inquiry had already been made available to those close to the accused in the rape case.
The girl was working at the office of Commercial Taxes (Cricle II) at Changanassery when she was made accountable for the financial irregularities in the office.
Submission before VS
They pointed out that the girl and her family had made a submission before the then Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan on March 8, 2011, on what happened at the office.
As per the letter, her senior officials told her on February 26, 2011, that the amounts entrusted to her to be remitted at the treasury on three occasions, ie, May 21, 2010 (Rs. 60,748), December 31, 2010 (Rs.1,09,036) and on January 19, 2011 (Rs.56,222) had not been recorded as deposited.
She was also told she would be held responsible for the incident.
The girl was asked to remit the amount immediately, following which she mobilised the fund by using the amount given to her by a German Malayali organisation earlier, deposits in KSFE and also by pawning her gold ornaments.
Following this, she was issued a memo for not remitting the amount on time and a written apology was taken from her after threatening her that otherwise they would inform the police.
According to the activists, the case which has been framed against her was a clear attempt to cover up major irregularities in the office.
In fact, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government had made online submission of monthly returns and payment of taxes by e-banking compulsory in the State.
However, the Changanassery office continued with the practice of cash receipt.
They called for a comprehensive inquiry into the functioning of the office and to withdraw the case against the girl. Four persons were named during the departmental inquiry. However, the police case has been initiated against only the Class IV employee, they said.
The girl was made to believe that the disciplinary actions were over with transfer. However, she was not even given an opportunity to apply for anticipatory bail and was taken into custody while waiting for a bus, they said.
According to them, the case against the girl was serious breach of human rights. Suja Susan George, Mercy Alexander, Sr.Reji, Jayasree and Shobhana were also present at the press conference.