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CBI, State govt get SC notice in ice cream parlour sex case

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Kerala government on a petition seeking a CBI probe into what has come to be known as the ice cream parlour sex scandal in the southern state.

The apex court bench of Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and Justice C. Naggapan issued notice on a petition filed by former Kerala chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan who demanded a CBI probe, alleging that the state police were not effectively probing the matter.

Appearing for Achuthanandan, senior counsel Shekhar Naphde told the court that a probe by the special investigating team has revealed the names of 22 people who are allegedly involved in the scandal. He said the names were not made public as it would be very embarrassing.

Achuthanandan has challenged Aug 30 order of the Kerala High Court which, while declining investigation by the CBI, had said the probe report is with the magistrate and it would not interfere with it. However, the high court described the report as "very serious".

He noted that since the person accused in the case was a minister in the Kerala government, a police probe would not yield any result.

On August 30, the Kerala High Court dismissed Achuthanandan's petition seeking a CBI probe into the scandal allegedly involving Industries Minister P K Kunjalikutty.

In 2011, he had approached the high court with a plea to initiate probe into the investigation following fresh disclosures made by K.A. Rauf, a close relative of Kunjalikutty.

In his petition submitted to the apex court, he highlighted that few vital disclosures made by Rauf were not probed which included the source of money handed over to the victims in the case.

Only a CBI probe would bring out the truth, Achuthanandan said in his petition.

The Supreme Court had given Kunjalikutty a clean chit in 2006.

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