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Old 17-Oct-2011
Ex-prosecutor stands by legal advice

Thiruvananthapuram: The infamous ice-cream parlour sex scandal in Kerala, which involves allegations against a number of people for carrying on immoral activities centred around an ice-cream parlour in Kozhikode, has been brought back into the limelight by a former public prosecutor.

Former director general of prosecutions Kallada Sukumaran has stated that he continues to stand by the legal advice he had given earlier that Industry Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty should be prosecuted for his involvement in the case.

Sukumaran said he had thoroughly studied the matter before issuing his advisory which, he suspected, had been altered by someone close to the then-chief minister.

Sukumaran was director general of prosecution in the Left Democratic Front government and had given the advice nearly 15 years ago when E.K. Nayanar was Kerala's chief minister.

Natural conclusion

Sukumaran said the government seemed to be satisfied with another advisory by former advocate general M.K. Damodaran. He said if the case was taken to its natural conclusion, it would be found that his own views would be proven right. Sukumaran, however, said he was not keen to stir up any controversy over the matter.

Interestingly, the development comes at a time when morality issues are also haunting the Communist Party of India-Marxist. CPM politburo member S. Ramachandran Pillai was quoted as saying that the upcoming party congress would discuss allegations of personal misconduct against CPM leaders and party members.

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