FIR against League leader, relative
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 30, 2011, 19:53
Kozhikode: In fresh troubles to Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader P K Kunhalikutty, police on Sunday registered a case against him and his relative KA Rouf based on the latter's claim that the former minister had used his influence to sabotage the "Icecream parlour" sex scandal case.

With the issue snowballing into a major legal and political row, police in Kozhikode registered an FIR against the duo on charge of entering into a conspiracy to pressurize some of the victims in the case to retract their earlier statements, which became vital in subsequent dismissal of the case.

Kozhikode City Police Commissioner P Vijayan said the case was taken suo motu based on media reports regarding Rouf's claim that he had worked for getting the victims to retract their statements, apparently to save Kunhalikutty.

The FIR against them included such charges as conspiracy, destruction of proof and influencing witnesses in the case.

Adding a serious dimensions to the controversy, a Malayalam TV channel today telecast the tapes of a sting operation in which a former Additional General of Prosecutions purportedly claimed that two former judges of Kerala High Court had been influenced for getting the case weakened.

The channel claimed that it had material to establish that there had been attempts to sabotage the case at various stages but had been withholding some of the material considering the safety of the victims.

The channel, however, said all material at its disposal would be handed over to the competent authority.

The case related to allegations that surfaced in late 1990s that an icecream parlour in Kozhikode city was used as a cover for luring young women into sex rackets.

The case took a shocking turn when a victim claimed that Kunhalikutty had exploited her for sex. She later retracted her allegation and also withdrew a statement given at a magistrate court.

Kunhalikutty quit as Industries Minister in the Congress- led UDF Government in 2004 in the wake of allegations in connection with the case.

The IUML leader, however, did not figure as an accused but political rivals and women's rights outfits alleged that he had misused his position and clout to avoid facing prosecution.

The issue resurfaced two days back with Kunhalikutty coming out with a claim that he faced a threat to his life from Rouf, who had also sought to blackmail him.

The same day, Rouf refuted the charges and said that he had been used by Kunhalikutty to wriggle out of the case.


First Published: Sunday, January 30, 2011, 19:53

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