Kochi: Former Kerala Chief Minister VS
Achuthanandan Friday approached the high court seeking a CBI probe into a case registered on the basis of claims by a relative of state minister PK Kunhalikutty that he had tried
to influence witnesses in the ice cream parlour sex scandal.
According to Achuthanandan, during the past seven months,
no investigation was done in the case registered on the basis
of statements by K A Rauf, who later fell out of
Rauf had alleged that Kunhalikutty used money power and him (Rauf) to influence witnesses, prosecutors, social workers and judicial officers to escape from the ice cream parlour sex case.
Disclosures made by Rauf point that Kunhalikutty was
capable of `purchasing` witnesses using his money power and
influence, Achuthanandan, Opposition leader in the assembly,
said, adding, his statements cannot be brushed aside.
Being a minister in the UDF cabinet, Kunhalikutty wields
enough clout in the government so that any investigation by
police in the state will proceed in the way he wants it, the
CPI-M leader said.
A special investigation team, constituted on February 3
following Rauf`s disclosures, was only `inching ahead` in the
matter of investigation, he said in the petition which is
likely to come up on Monday.
The sex scandal had rocked Kerala in the late 1990s when
it came to light that an ice cream parlour in Kozhikode was
being used to lure women into prostitution. There were
allegations about Kunhalikutty`s involvement in the case, but
he did not figure as accused in the case.