Renuka Chowdhury sacks NCW member over Mangalore assault probe

February 27th, 2009 - 9:56 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Feb 27 (ANI): Union Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury on Friday sacked National Commission for Women (NCW) member Nirmala Vankatesh, saying her conduct was detrimental to public interest.

Vankatesh was sent to Mangalore to probe the assault on women in a pub by the Hindu outfit Sri Rama Sene, but she went public and acted in a way which was detrimental to public interest, a notification issued to NCW member said.

Earlier, a show cause notice was issued to Vankatesh to explain her investigation. However, her explanation was not satisfactory and she has been removed from the charge with immediate effect.

A three-member team led by Vankatesh was formed to probe the January 24 attack on women in a Mangalore pub.

Venkatesh on her report, had blamed the pub owners for not ensuring enough security for girls that led to the attack.

She also shifted the probe focus to whether or not the pub had a licence to serve liquor.

The NCW had rejected the report, saying it null and void. (ANI)

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