Kochi: Kerala High Court on Tuesday said it would
monitor the progress in the `ice cream parlour` sex case where
Industries Minister PK Kunhalikutty had allegedly tried to
influence witnesses, but declined a plea by CPI-M leader VS
Achuthanandan to order CBI investigation.
"Though we do not see any reason at this juncture to
opine that the investigation is not progressing, we deem it
appropriate that the progress of the case is required to be
monitored by this court," a division bench comprising Chief
Justice J Chelemeswar and Justice P R Ramachandra Menon said
adjourning Achuthanandan`s petition to December 22.
The bench pointed out that Advocate General K P
Dhandapani had submitted that the case would be completed in
the next 90 days and the final report would be filed
before the appropriate court.
K A Rauf, brother-in-law of Kunhalikutty, who fell from
his favour, had alleged that judicial process in case had been
tampered. The Special Investigation Team in the case was
appointed when Achuthanandan was Chief Minister.
Of the 85 witnesses examined in the case, 47 were
questioned while the petitioner was the chief minister and the
rest after he demitted office, the court was pointed out.
Similarly, 56 documents were seized in connection
with the crime of which 33 were seized during petitioner`s
incumbency in the office.
The AG has also pointed out that none of the SIT officers
had been changed after the new government assumed office.