Ugrappa panel faces the heat


The expert committee on prevention of crimes against women and children, headed by Congress MLC V.S. Ugrappa, is in trouble following BJP MLC Tara Anuradha’s resignation as the committee member and the Home Department’s direction to the panel to stop expressing opinions or making recommendations in public without its permission.

Though Ms. Anuradha resigned from the committee in August and sent a letter to the Home Department, she resent a copy of the letter to Home Minister G. Parameshwara, after he said he was ignorant of the resignation.

The government had set up a 26-member expert committee, headed by former Law Minister M.C. Nanaiah in August 2014, “to suggest amendments to the law related to sexual assault cases and enhancement of punishment for the crime.”

The brief for the committee was to submit its report and recommendations within three months.

The actor-turned-politician attributed the delay by the committee in submitting this report within the specified time-frame as the reason for her resignation.

Mr. Ugrappa had taken over the committee in May after Mr. Nanaiah resigned from the post.

“The committee members, including me, sent our reports to the chairperson and based on that Mr. Nanaiah had almost completed the draft recommendations. I still don’t know what happened to the draft,” said Ms. Anuradha.

Meanwhile, Principal Secretary to the Home Department in its communication to the committee stated that it was not empowered to summon anyone involved in any crime against women and children, while discharging its duties.

Mr. Ugrappa, however, said he had not been given any time-frame to submit the report. But the Home Ministry, in its recent circular, set December-end as the deadline. On Ms. Anuradha’s resignation, he said that she had attended two meetings after August and had also been given sitting fees.

BJP MLC Tara Anuradha’s resignation and Home Department’s direction to the panel to stop expressing opinions in public leaves committee in trouble

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