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
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
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.