FOR­MER MIN­IS­TER’S SON GETS 10-YEAR RI

Son of for­mer min­is­ter Mariyam Pichai, Asick Meera promised to marry the vic­tim and im­preg­nated her; later, he de­nied the re­la­tion­ship

The New Indian Express - - FRONT PAGE -

FOR­MER Tiruchy Deputy Mayor Asick Meera (32), son of for­mer En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter N Mariyam Pichai, was sen­tenced to 10year rig­or­ous im­pris­on­ment by the Mahila Court here for cheat­ing a young woman with a prom­ise of mar­riage. Meera, who was among the four per­sons found guilty by the court, had de­serted the woman when she be­came preg­nant.

In 2014, N Durgesh­wari (32) filed a com­plaint with Golden Rock All Women Po­lice Sta­tion, re­port­edly af­ter be­ing hin­dered at ev­ery step. The vic­tim had to over­come sev­eral ob­sta­cles be­fore her com­plaint could be filed when Meera was Deputy Mayor in Tiruchy Cor­po­ra­tion.

Durgesh­wari claimed to be Meera’s first wife and her daugh­ter Karishma was his child. The case was filed af­ter the Deputy Mayor con­cealed his re­la­tion­ship with her and went on to marry a rel­a­tive. Af­ter the com­plaint sur­faced, the AIADMK lead­er­ship asked him to step down and po­lice launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Dur­ing the hear­ing, the Mahila Court found all state­ments made by the vic­tim to be true and con­victed Meera, his mother-in-law Maimoon Shar­ifa and his friends Chan­drababu and Sar­a­vanan.

A case was brought to the Mahila Court in 2016 stat­ing Meera had cheated Durgesh­wari and aban­doned her with a child. De­spite Meera deny­ing the charges, it was proved through DNA sam­ples that Karishma was his daugh­ter.

Cases were regis­tered against the four, mostly against Meera and his mother-in-law, who is al­leged to have ha­rassed the vic­tim. Meera was charged un­der Sec­tions 120(b), 313, 417, 376 and 496 and ac­cused No 4 Maimoon Shar­ifa un­der 120(b) and 313 of 109 IPC and 506 (i), which led to both get­ting 10 years’ rig­or­ous im­pris­on­ment, said Kr­ish­naveni Thama­rai­sel­van, the spe­cial pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor who ar­gued the case for Durgesh­wari.

Find­ing Meera guilty un­der five sec­tions of the IPC, Mahila Court judge Jacintha Martin sen­tenced him to 30 years in prison. But this will run con­cur­rently and the ac­tual time served would be lim­ited to 10 years – the high­est un­der Sec­tions 376 and 313. The court sen­tenced Shar­ifa to 10 year RI, while the other two re­ceived terms of seven years each. In ad­di­tion, a fine of `50,000 was also slapped on those con­victed. The ac­cused were all taken to Tiruchy Dis­trict Cen­tral Prison un­der heavy se­cu­rity.

M K ASHOK KU­MAR

For­mer Deputy Mayor Aashik Meeran com­ing out from court, af­ter he was con­victed in Tiruchy on Fri­day

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