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HC criticizes govt for opposing giving Ice cream case report to VS

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Kochi: The High Court Tuesday criticised the State government over moving it against a lower court order that the re-investigation report of the sensational ice cream parlour sex scandal case may be given to Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan.

The HC asked the government why it opposes the report being given to the Opposition leader when it is not a plaintiff in the case.

The government moved the HC against a lower court order last week arguing that it cannot accept the order of the Kozhikode principal magistrate court as Achuthanandan is neither a complainant nor a witness in the case.

The special team set up for the re-investigation of the case following the allegation that IUML leader and Industries Minister P.K. Kunjalikutty had sabotaged the case has reported to the court that it could find no evidence which corroborate the allegation.

The case was re-opened following disclosure of K A Rauf, a close relative of Kunjalikutty, that at the instance of Kunjalikutty, he bribed the officer who had investigated the case earlier and the girls were silenced by giving hefty amount and smuggling some of them to the Gulf. The case pertains to allegations that an ice cream parlour at Kozhikode beach was used as a cover for running a sex racket in the late 1990s.

Though he never became an accused in the case, Kunjalikutty had come under a cloud in the wake of the scandal and even quit the ministry then. Rauf’s disclosure came at the fag-end of the previous LDF government and then Chief Minister Achuthanandan order the re-probe of the case.

Achuthanandan has been fighting at various courts since the case surfaced for implicating Kunjalikutty in the case.

The court will take up the case again on January 22 for further hearing.

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