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Petitions of Ganesh Kumar, Yamini Thankachi

Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan asserts that the State government has taken a mature and considered decision in handing over the petitions of former Forest Minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar and his estranged wife, Yamini Thankachi, to the Crime Branch for an investigation headed by a woman police officer.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Mr. Radhakrishnan rejected the Opposition contention that the government had delayed action on the petitions. The action had been taken on the basis of the Union Home Ministry’s advisory on handling cases under Section 498 A of the Indian Penal Code in view of its misuse in marital discord cases. The advisory was issued as a circular by the Director General of Police on October 2, 2012 and action taken accordingly.

Dr. Yamini’s petition was received at the Museum police station at 10 p.m. on April 1. She had given a petition to the Chief Minister and this was handed over to the Director General of Police.

There must have been some delay in the petition given to the Chief Minister reaching down the police hierarchy.

Subsequently, the police registered a case under the Domestic Violence Act.

The petition filed by Mr. Ganesh Kumar was received at 10.45 p.m. the same day.

Same team for probe

The government was particular that the investigation team should be headed by a woman police officer. The investigation will bring out the actual facts, since the two petitions dealt with charges and counter-charges of two individuals.

He asserted that the investigation into the two petitions by the same team will help the process.

The Chief Minister had chosen the path of mediation to settle the marital discord. However, an agreement worked out between the two could not be implemented fully.

Therefore, the attempts of the Opposition to put the Chief Minister in the dock can only be termed unfair.

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