Kottayam: The special court has acquitted 20 accused in the cases related to the infamous Vithura sex scandal during the second phase of trial proceedings.
On Monday, Aluva Municipality chairman Jacob Muthedam was acquitted in the case. Former Aluva Dy.SP T.M. Mohammed Basheer, main accused in the case, was acquitted by the court in its first verdict on December 30 last year.
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.