The June 23 order of Justice P Devadass directing the rapist, who was sentenced to seven years imprisonment by a trial court, to go for mediation had triggered a controversy.

In his order Justice P Devadass said, "In view of the judgement of the Hon'ble Supreme Court in State of Madhya Pradesh VS Madanlal case, the earlier order of this Court directing the parties to go for mediation is recalled. Consequently, the interim bail granted to the petitioner is cancelled." Taking note of an earlier Supreme Court order that there be no mediation in the case of rape, the judge directed the officer-in-charge of Mediation Centre to stop the parties from attending mediation.

The Judge also directed the Registrar (Judicial) of High Court to ensure compliance to his latest order on the matter. The Judge directed the accused to go and surrender before the Mahila Court at Cuddalore on July 13. Justice Devadass also asked the Mahila Court to secure him and commit him to central prison.

The accused V Mohan was sentenced to seven years in jail for raping a 15-year-old orphan in 2008, who became pregnant. Not willing to go for the mediation offer, the 22-year old victim had said that the suspect could go to any extent to escape punishment.

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