UDF trying to sabotage ice cream parlour case: Achuthanandan

Kochi: Former Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan on Sunday alleged that the Congress-led UDF government was trying to "sabotage" the infamous ice cream parlour sex case.

The appointment of a person, who allegedly had a role in the case, as Additional Advocate General was "with the motive of safeguarding certain people," the veteran CPI(M) leader told reporters in response to a question.

It was evident that by this act, the government would do anything to 'sabotage' the case, he charged.

Kerala Minister and IUML leader PK Kunhalikutty is allegedly embroiled in the scandal which relates to allegations that surfaced in late 1990s that an ice cream parlour in Kozhikode was being used as a cover to lure young women into prostitution. Kunhalikutty quit as Industries Minister from the UDF Government in 2004 following the allegations.

He, however, did not figure as accused in the case.

On reported internal skirmish in UDF and delay on allotment of portfolios, he said "we will wait for the decision."

To another query, he said anti-graft activist Anna Hazare, despite his limitations as a Gandhian, had strongly fought against corruption and deserves to be congratulated.

Earlier, at the valedictory function of a seminar "Judiciary, Democracy and Public Interest", organised by Media Education for Awareness and Social Transformation, he said, "Our democracy looks relatively strong outside, but as a result of corruption and nepotism the essence of democracy is being eaten away."