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The High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to submit report on action taken in Ayesha Meera murder case in week. The High Court accepted a PIL filed by women activists Rama Melkote, Sandhya and Sajaya apart from a writ petition filed by Ayesha Meera mother Shamshad Begum. 

Vijayawada: The High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to submit report on action taken in Ayesha Meera murder case in week. The High Court accepted a PIL filed by women activists Rama Melkote, Sandhya and Sajaya apart from a writ petition filed by Ayesha Meera mother Shamshad Begum.

The petitioners informed to the High Court that the state government has not taken any action after the High Court verdict on March 31, 2017, in which the court acquitted P Satyam Babu. The court also directed the government to refer the names of the officials involved in investigation and prosecution, to the apex committee to initiate action. Noted advocate Vasudha Nagaraj is the counsel for women activists.

The bench of Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and J U Devi has taken serious note of the Ayesha Meera murder case and directed the principal secretary to home affairs, Andhra Pradesh to submit a report whether the investigation and prosecution officials involved in the investigation and prosecution of the Ayesha Meera case have been referred to the Apex Committee and if so what action has been taken. The case will be listed next week under the caption Receipt of Report, the bench said.

In a significant judgment, the High Court acquitted Pidatala Satyam Babu, who was sentenced to life in the sensational rape and murder case of a student Ayesha Meera in her hostel at Ibrahimpatnam near Vijayawada in 2007.

The court also directed the Andhra Pradesh government to pay Rs one lakh in compensation to Satyam Babu, who spent eight years in jail without any evidence of his involvement. After the high court verdict, the police department faced lots of problems. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu assured to Ayesha Meera parents that the government reopen the case to find out the real culprit.

Even after the High Court serious comments on the police, the Vijayawada police made several exercises to challenge the verdict in Supreme Court. There are 21 police personnel involved in the investigation. The Supreme Court in another case directed the state governments to constitute an apex committee in the police department to review the cases against police personnel.

In February, 2017 according to the Supreme Court directions, the state government constituted the apex committee chaired by principal secretary, home affairs.

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