: K. Sudhakaran, MP, said here on Saturday that Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat should explain to the people what party-level investigation was going on into the alleged sexual harassment charge against former party district secretary P. Sasi.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Sudhakaran said Mr. Karat was trying to mislead the people with his disclosure that the probe conducted by the party into alleged sexual harassment charge against Mr. Sasi was progressing. The fact was that the party had

completed the probe and restricted disciplinary action against Mr. Sasi to demoting him in the party, he said.

The MP said while the CPI(M) had a tradition of expelling party members involved in sexual harassment cases, this was not done in the case of Mr. Sasi. He said Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan who had participated in the meeting of the party State committee that found serious the charge against Mr. Sasi had failed to act according to law of the land and thereby failed in their constitutional duties.

Mr. Sudhakaran demanded a special investigation team probe into the death of tribesman and Youth Congress worker, Balan, who was found dead at a tribal colony at Ambayathode. He alleged that the youth had been killed by CPI(M) workers.

CPI(M) district secretary P. Jayarajan, in his response, said while the party had completed the probe into the charges against Mr. Sasi, the party processes involved in taking action against him were yet to be completed.