Revelations put Muslim League in Kerala under pressure

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Old 01-Feb-2011
Revelations put Muslim League in Kerala under pressure

Thiruvananthapuram: The allegation by Indian Union Muslim League general secretary P.K. Kunhalikutty a few days ago that there was a death threat to him from his sister-in-law's husband and businessman, K.A. Rauf, and the controversies that the statement triggered, have put the League under considerable pressure in the state.

Kunhalikutty's allegation took the controversy all the way back to the infamous ice cream parlour sex racket that had happened over a decade back. The issue had tarnished the image of Kunhalikutty, who was the then industry minister, and affected the poll prospects of the United Democratic Front in the last assembly election in 2006.

The entire episode was given a different twist on Sunday by a Malayalam television channel, which reported that the state's legal advisor during the UDF regime had influenced the court to save Kunhalikutty from the ice cream parlour sex racket.

In an attempt to clear the air, Muneer told media persons on Monday that he did not subscribe to the contents of the television report though he happened to be the chairman of the channel.

"The fact that the channel reported it does not mean it has my approval. I will stand by the official position taken by the IUML on the matter," Muneer said.

Meanwhile, Communist Party of India Marxist state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said that it appeared that Muneer had knowledge of the revelations made by the channel against Kunhalikutty.

"Muneer says what appeared on the channel happened as a matter of editorial freedom that the channel offers. But he has also shown the boldness not to defend Kunhalikutty during the press conference," he said.

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