High court appoints panel on Vakapalli rapes

Thursday, February 22, 2018

A Division Bench of the Hyderabad High Court comprising Justice C.V.Nagarjuna Reddy and Justice G.Shyam Prasad today directed the Registrar-General of the High Court to prepare panel of six advocates from two States well acquainted with the criminal case trials to function as special public prosecutor in the case against Greyhounds personnel who are charged with outraging the modesty of tribal women at Vakapalli tribal hamlet of Visakhapatnam.

Palla Trinadha Rao, whose name is favored by the tribal women will be counsel for the victims to assist the special prosecutor, the bench proposed. The Bench was dealing with writ appeals filed by the State government and the police personnel who are facing trial.

The tribal women of Vakapalli, who charged the Greyhounds personnel with molesting them in 2007 requested the authorities to appoint Trinadha Rao as special public prosecutor. They said that he would be representing the prosecution in SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities) case in Visakhapatnam. When the government did not respond, they approached the High Court. The single judge directed the officers to appoint Trinadha Rao as special prosecutor. The present two appeals are filed challenging the validity of this judgement. The Bench, which heard the case on Thursday adjourned the case to next week.

The panel of six advocates three from Telangana and three from Andhra Pradesh will be prepared.

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