Nirmala Venkatesh to challenge removal over Mangalore pub attack in Supreme Court

Terming her removal and rejection of her interim report on the Mangalore pub attack as a “deep political conspiracy”, sacked NCW member Nirmala Venkatesh on Monday said she would challenge the decisions in the Supreme Court.

A former member of the State Legislative Council, Venkatesh also said that she resigned from the Congress party on February 28 as she was “deeply hurt”.

“This is a deep political conspiracy against me to tarnish my image. I am being made a political victim. I am deeply hurt and shocked”, Venkatesh told a press conference here on the rejection of her report and sacking.

“I am shocked that certain people (whose name I don’t want to mention), who have personal dislike for my honest work and clean image are out to settle personal scores against me in this manner”, she added.

Venkatesh chose not to directly target Union Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury or NCW (National Commission for Women) Chairperson Girija Vyas for her removal from the membership, but blamed what she called the “system”.

Advocate V Sreenivas, part of the two-member commission tasked with inquiring into the January 24 Mangalore pub attack, said the rejection of the report as well as her removal from NCW would be challenged in the Supreme Court “immediately”.

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