For the first time after the new CPM government led by CM Pinarayi Vijayan assumed office in Kerala, party veteran V S Achuthanandan Tuesday spoke out against the government on two controversial cases.
On Monday, the Supreme Court dismissed Achuthanandan’s plea seeking a CBI probe against Indian Union Muslim League leader P K Kunhalikutty in the sensational ice-cream parlour case. Achuthanandan faced further setback when the state government objected to his demand for a CBI probe in the case.
Reacting to the government’s stand, the veteran leader said, “The state government’s stand was unfortunate. I have fought the case for the poor girls who were the victims of the sex racket. The court should not have stated that the petition was politically motivated.’’
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The ice-cream parlour sex scandal, in which Kunhalikutty was allegedly involved, was reported in 1997 when the CPM government was in power. A minor victim had then alleged that the League leader was among those who sexually exploited her in Kozhikode. Achuthanandan demanded a CBI probe in the case after allegations of Kunhalikutty influencing witnesses and the judicial system emerged in 2011.
Another issue which has irked Achuthanandan is Pinarayi Vijayan’s legal adviser, K M Damodaran, turning up at the high court as the counsel for controversial lottery king, Santiago Martin, who has petitioned the court against ED’s order to confiscate his assets under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Expressing his displeasure over Damodaran appearing for Martin, Achuthanandan said, “Martin was forced to quit Kerala as a fallout of my fight.’’
However, Damodaran refused to comment on the issue, saying “Don’t expect that I would react on the issue at this time.’’
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, meanwhile, said he was not aware of Achuthanandan’s comments.