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Govt now okay with giving ice cream parlour case report to VS

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Thiruvananthapuram: The State government Wednesday informed the High Court that it has no issues with the re-investigation report of the sensational ice cream parlour sex scandal case be given to Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan.

The government has also withdrawn the plea filed at the High Court against giving the re-investigation report to Achuthanandan.

The government had moved the High Court against Kozhikode first class magistrate court order that the report may be given to the veteran Marxist leader.

The earlier stand of the government had drew sharp criticism from the High Court which asked why the government was opposing giving the report to Achuthanandan when it is not even a plaintiff in the case.

The government had earlier argued 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 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.

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