Kerala sex scandal: Cops grill minister

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 09, 2011 14:00 hrs

Kerala: Kerala Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty has been been questioned by a police team re-investigating the "ice cream parlour" sex scandal case in connection with allegations made against him by a relative.

The team led by ADGP Vinson M Paul questioned the Minister at his residence here on Thursday night, police sources said on Friday.

Kunhalikiutty, a senior Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader, was learnt to have denied the allegations and told the police that 'unfounded' accusations were made against him with the motive of destroying his political career.

The case, dating back to the late 1990s, pertains to alleged use of an ice cream parlour in Kozhikode as a cover for luring teenage girls for sexual abuse.

Though Kunhalikutty's name had often figured in connection with the case, he had never been made an accused and the court had dismissed petitions seeking him to be arrayed in the case.

However, last year, one K A Rauf, a relative of Kunhalikutty, openly alleged that he had helped the Minister to wriggle out of the case through 'undue means'.

The LDF Government, which was in power then, ordered a fresh probe in the case in the light of the allegations levelled by Rauf and a special investigation team was formed for that.

The Kerala High Court had recently directed the police to complete the investigations and file the report by later this month.

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