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Ice cream parlour sex scandal: HC rap over adjournments

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Kochi: The High court Tuesday criticised the state government for repeatedly adjourning the hearing of its appeal filed in a case relating to attempts to sabotage the 'Ice Cream Parlour' sex case.

Justice VK Mohanan in his order said, the “court is expected to show transparency and fairness in proceedings whether it is state, corporate entity or private individuals.”

The order was issued after considering the request of Advocate General KP Dandapani, for a further adjournment when the appeal came up today. The case has been posted to 29 January.

Counsel for opposition leader, VS Achuthanandan, resisted the adjournment stating that under the guise of pendency of appeal before the High Court, the state was not complying with the direction of the Kozhikode Judicial First Class Magistrate court to provide copies of documents of the case to Achuthanandan.

On 15 January, when the case came up, the government had sought adjournment following which it was posted for today.

The court had then asked the government why it had filed an appeal when it was really a case between KA Rauf, the estranged relative of industries minister PK Kunjalikutty and Achuthanandan.

The case had been registered on the basis of alleged disclosures made by Rauf in 2011 that Kunjalikutty had asked several key witnesses in the Ice Cream Parlour sex case to turn hostile and had offered them pecuniary benefits.

The scandal pertains to allegations that an ice cream parlour in Kozhikode district was used as a cover for running a sex racket in the late 1990s. Though Kunjalikutty never became an accused in the case, he had come under a cloud in the wake of the scandal and even had to quit the ministry then.

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