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Court acquits main accused in Vithura sex scandal case

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Kottayam: Pronouncing the judgment in a case related to the infamous Vithura sex scandal, the special court here on Monday acquitted main accused T.M. Mohammed Basheer, former Aluva deputy superintendant of police.

Special Court judge S. Shajahan acquitted Muhammed Basheer for want of evidence.

The verdict of another case with T.M. Sasi as the main accused will be pronounced on Tuesday.

The court also decided not to record the statements of the accused in these two cases as the victim failed to identify the accused. The victim had turned hostile in both these cases.

The trial of the two cases was completed on December 26.

The court had commenced the trial of as many as 15 cases out of total 23 cases charged in connection with the Vithura sex scandal, on September 3.

While one case has been disposed of, seven cases are pending in the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court-II for committing the proceedings before sending it to the special court.

The only case disposed of was charged against actor Jagathy Sreekumar, in which he was acquitted. However, an appeal has been filed in the HC against his acquittal.

The case, in which a minor girl from Vithura was allegedly abducted and raped at various places across the state from November 1995 to May 1996, was reported in May 1996.

She was lured by a person named Ajitha, of Kollam, with a job offer and was handed over to Suresh, who is the first accused in all the 23 cases.

Crime Branch DySP V Peter Babu was the inquiry officer in the case.

Special Public Prosecutors C P Udayabhanu and Rajagopal Padippurakkal appeared for the prosecution.

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