A meeting of the CPI(M) committee in Thrissur on Friday suspended Vadakanchery Municipal Councillor PN Jayanthan who is one of the accused in the alleged gang rape of a 32-year-old woman.
Another party worker was also suspended.
K. Radhakrishnan, a former assembly Speaker and presently the Thrissur district secretary of the CPI-M, made this announcement after a series of party meetings.
"Following a preliminary probe by the party, it has come to light that there were some financial dealings between Jayanthan and the lady and there have been no findings of any misbehaviour to the lady.
"Anyway, a detailed probe is already on by the police and the party also will further look into it," said Radhakrishnan.
The decision comes a day after a Thrissur native alleged that she was gang-raped by Jayanthan and three others in April 2014.
Though Jayanthan has categorically denied the same, he told The News Minute earlier on Friday that he would abide by the party‚Äôs decision in this regard.
CPI(M) polit buro member MA Baby told Asianet News that requisite action will be taken against the Councillor if the charges are found to be true.
"Kerala now has a government that will not hesitate to take stringent action against culprits. The government views the case in all its seriousness and will take necessary action against Jayanthan, if found guilty," the veteran leader said.
(With IANS inputs)