Special public prosecutor removed from post

There were allegations of corruption, misconduct against her

October 19, 2019 01:18 am | Updated 01:18 am IST - CHENNAI

In light of allegations of misconduct against Dhanalakshmi, special public prosecutor, Tiruvallur Mahila Court, her services have been terminated from October 16. Meanwhile, the Tiruvallur police have written to the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption to investigate into allegations of corruption against her.

A direction from Home Secretary Niranjan Mardi had ordered the termination. He also directed the Tiruvallur Collector to take all case files from her and give additional charge to a legal officer, till a new prosecutor is appointed.

Speaking of malpractices by Ms. Dhanalakshmi, Sherin Bosko, co-founder, Nakshtra Rape Crisis Centre, said in one of the POCSO cases, she had asked a minor survivor to marry the suspect or take money from him. In another case in which an 11-year-old girl was raped by her school headmaster in Ponneri, Ms. Bosko said Ms. Dhanalakshmi demanded the child’s parents drop the case after taking money. “Though the parents were not ready to turn hostile, the headmaster was acquitted,” said Ms. Bosko.

Meanwhile, child rights’ activists said such problems would end only when dedicated courts for POCSO cases are set up at the earliest.

Top News Today


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.