Chennai, Feb 15 (BPNS )
With only four days left for the Urban local body elections scheduled for February 19th, the ruling DMK is in a spot after party MLA from Tiruchirappalli (East), Inigo Iruthayaraj received the main accused in the Lavanya suicide case, Sagaya Mary outside the Tiruchirappalli central prison with a shawl. The incident occurred on Monday.
It may be noted that Lavanya, a student of the Sacred Heart Higher Secondary School in Michaelpatti in Thanjavur was staying in the school hostel. She consumed poison and passed away at the Thanjavur Medical College hospital on January 19th, 2022. Three days before her death, she had in a video recording before the magistrate accused the hostel warden, Sister Sagaya Mary of torturing her and making her do daily chores at the hostel and not allowing her to study properly. In the video recording, Lavanya had in detail stated the alleged torture she was subjected to by Sagaya Mary.
In the statement which was recorded by the magistrate, she accused Sagaya Mary of physically assaulting her and refusing to give food to her when she was not able to pay the hostel fee properly.
The statement of Lavanya was recorded in the FIR and Sister Sagaya Mary was arrested and remanded in judicial custody on the basis of this statement from Lavanya.
The DMK legislator Inigo Iruthayaraj in a social media post said that Sagaya Mary had done yeoman service for increasing the education level of students of Thanjavur and hence he welcomed her in front of the Tiruchirappalli central prison.
When contacted Inigo Irudarajan said that he was not interested to comment and that he was busy with the Urban local body elections. DMK leaders also did not respond to the questions posed including senior leaders of the party on the matter.
It may be noted that the Supreme Court of India had on February 14, Monday refused to stay the order of the Madras High court directing a CBI probe into the suicide of Lavanya. The Madras High Court had ordered a CBI probe on January 31 against which the Tamil Nadu government had moved the Supreme Court which was turned down by the apex court on Monday.
The BJP and the VHP had in the meanwhile released a video of Lavanya which stated that two years ago another nun of the school, Raquel Mary had asked her to convert to Christianity.
When Muthuvel of the VHP who was recording the video asked Lavanya whether she was tortured in school due to her not converting to Christianity, she had replied, “It could be so”.
The DMK is now in embarrassment over the MLA welcoming the main accused in the case and the Hindu outfits have already come out with statements that the DMK was hand in glove with the perpetrators of the crime and demanded an apology from the state Chief Minister.