Sexual assault: Police issue lookout notice against former government pleader

Sub Headline: Former Senior Government Pleader on the Run After Sexual Assault Allegations
The woman was sexually assaulted five years back when she had gone to a farm in the village to pluck cotton. (Representational Image)
The woman was sexually assaulted five years back when she had gone to a farm in the village to pluck cotton. (Representational Image)

KOCHI : The police on Sunday issued a lookout notice against former senior government pleader P G Manu who is on the run after being named as an accused in a sexual assault case. The Puthencruz DySP issued the notice as the period granted by the Kerala High Court to surrender before the police ended on Friday.

Manu had approached the high court, seeking anticipatory bail which the court rejected. Dismissing his plea on December 22, the court had directed him to surrender before the police within 10 days. However, considering the petitioner had moved the Supreme Court against the rejection of anticipatory bail, the high court on January 4 granted ten more days to surrender before the investigation officer.

“The period expired on Friday. Hence, the police issued the lookout notice,” a police officer said.

The complaint lodged by a 25-year-old woman, a resident of Ernakulam, stated that she had sought the pleader’s help to quash an FIR registered in 2018 on a sexual assault case filed by her. She approached the pleader earlier this month as the case was causing her mental trauma. The woman alleged that Manu called her to his office, assaulted her sexually and also took her photographs on his mobile phone.

As the pleader continued to pester her, the woman lodged a complaint with Ernakulam Rural SP Vaibhav Saxena who handed it over to the Chottanikkara police.

The police registered an FIR under sections 376 (rape), 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC, along with relevant sections of the IT Act. Subsequently, the pleader resigned from the post.

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