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Expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala gets SC relief

Expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala gets SC relief
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New Delhi: In a relief to expelled AIADMK Rajya Sabha member Sasikala Pushpa, the Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed an FIR and charge sheet against her for allegedly forging documents in her anticipatory bail petition.

The top court also granted protection from any coercive action in two other criminal cases related to alleged sexual harassment of her family help and damage to property.

A bench of justices R Banumathi and S Abdul Nazeer said that there is no prima facie evidence to show that the appellants (Pushpa and others) had intended to cause damage or injury or any other acts.

"Since the disputed version in the vakalatnama appears to be an inadvertent mistake with no intention to make misrepresentation, in our view, the direction of the High Court to lodge a criminal complaint against the appellants cannot be sustained and the same is liable to be set aside," it said.

It said with regard to the facts and circumstances of the present case, no useful purpose would be served by proceeding with the criminal prosecution against Pushpa and others.

"In the facts and circumstances of the present case, in our view, no useful purpose would be served by proceeding with the criminal prosecution against the appellants. Without further going into the merits of the case, we quash the FIR in Crime No.1331/2016 and also quash the charge sheet pending before the concerned Magistrate".

"The FIR and the charge sheet are quashed only in the facts and circumstances of the present case and to meet the ends of justice. It is made clear that taking advantage of quashing of the case, the appellants shall not resort to any further consequential proceedings," the bench said.

In the sexual harassment case against Pushpa and others, the bench was told that the accused have reached a compromise with the victim and based on it they have moved the high court for quashing of the case. "We are not inclined to go into the merits of the said matter, except to extend interim protection granted to the appellants in

Crime No.5/2016 till the disposal of the said case," the bench said.

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