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Achuthandan's plea in sex racket case posted for Feb 19

Achuthandans plea in sex racket case posted for Feb 19

Kozhikode: A court here Tuesday posted to February 19 CPI-M veteran V S Achuthanandan's petition seeking to be heard before it took a decision on the police report in a two-decades old sex scandal case exonerating Industry Minister P K Kunjalikutty of charges that he sabotaged the earlier probe.

A special investigation team in its report filed in the Judicial Magistrate Court had stated that there was no evidence to substantiate the charges made by an estranged relative of Kunjalikutty that the probe into the ice cream parlour sex scandal case was sabotaged at the IUML leader's behest.

The case pertains to allegations that an ice cream parlour in Kozhikode beach 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.

The IUML leader's name resurfaced during the fag end of the previous LDF regime when the relative of Kunjalikutty alleged that he had helped him to wriggle out of the case by bribing the witnesses among other things.

The then Achuthanandan Government had ordered a fresh probe by the SIT, which later submitted the report giving a clean chit to Kunjalikutty.

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