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Sasikala Pushpa accused of sexual harassment, refuses to quit Rajya Sabha

Covai Post Network

Chennai: Controversies involving the expelled AIADMK Rajya Sabha MP M Sasikala Pushpa continue to grow, with her two domestic aides filing sexual harassment complaints against her. In the midst of it all, Sasikala has clarified today that she would not resign from the Upper House.

“There is no question of my resignation from the Rajya Sabha,” Sasikala told reporters, on her arrival from Singapore. She was on her way to Madurai to appear before the Madras High Court’s Madurai bench, to respond to an allegation that she had cheated the court while filing an anticipatory bail application, in the case registered by the Thoothukudi police against her and her family members, for allegedly ill-treating and sexually abusing two domestic aides.

The court had directed the MP to appear before it today, and explain how she could have signed a petition in Madurai on August 17, authorising her lawyer to argue the anticipatory bail plea on her behalf, when the police claimed that she did not enter Tamil Nadu ever since the case was registered early this month.

On August 11, the Delhi High Court had instructed the Tamil Nadu government to not take any coercive action, until August 22, against the expelled AIADMK MP, her husband, and son in the case.

The domestic servants, who were employed at Pushpa’s house in Tamil Nadu, had filed a police complaint alleging that they were tortured and sexually harassed. The Supreme Court had, on August 26, granted protection to Sasikala Pushpa from arrest for six weeks in the case.

Sasikala Pushpa was expelled from the AIADMK after an altercation with the DMK MP, Tiruchi Siva, at the Delhi airport last month.

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