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HC stays proceedings against Thettayil in sexual harassment case

HC stays proceedings against Thettayil in sexual harassment case

Kochi: Kerala High Court on Tuesday stayed all further proceedings against JD-S MLA and former State Transport Minister Jose Thettayil, accused in a sexual harassment case.

The case was registered at the Aluva police station on the complaint of a woman, who is a native of Angamally, the constituency which Thettayil represents in the State Assembly.

While Thettayil was the first accused in the case, his son Adarsh was named as the second accused. Police had said the woman's statement was noted down and she was also taken to the hospital for medical examination.

The woman had also told police that she had a video CD for proof, they said. Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan had told reporters at Kottayam that since it was a complaint of sexual harassment, lady officer Sajita Begum Sultan, Superintendent of Police at Ernakulam Crime branch, would investigate the matter.

Reacting on the charges made against him, Thettayil had said he would face the case legally and had said it was part of a 'political conspiracy' to tarnish his image. Thettayil had told television channels that he knows the woman and her family, but her complaint was 'baseless'.

He had said that she had approached him to get married to his son. The woman had stated that she was allegedly sexually harassed by the father-son duo last year at a flat at Aluva.

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