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Kerala sex scandal: accused bribed HC judges


Dakshina Muraleedharan,CNN-IBN
Feb 02, 2011 at 08:30am IST

Thiruvananthapuram: The ice cream parlour sex scandal is back to haunt the Congress-led United Democratic Front in Kerala just three months before assembly polls.

A 1997 controversy of sexual abuse of a minor girl in an ice cream parlour in Calicut involved PK Kunhalikutty, a former minister and a Muslim League leader. Now a sting operation by a local TV channel claims Kunhalikutty bribed two Kerala High Court judges for an acquittal.

Justice Narayana Kuruppu said, "All allegations are false, I did not take any bribe."

The scandal pushed the UDF, Kunhalikkutty and his party the Muslim League to defeat in 2006. But the League still holds the key to Muslim votes and the Congress has stood by Kunhalikutty.

E Ahmed, National President, IUMLsaid, "We have faced such false allegations even before. The people of Kerala know the truth."

At a time when the UDF is looking to make a comeback the scandal has become a worry, but the Congress says there is no problem.

Ramesh Chennithala, President, KPCC said, "This is a cooked up case to help the LDF in Kerala. But it is not going the affect the UDFs prospects in the coming election."

The LDF is making the best use of the raging controversy to target the opposition front. Chief Minister Achutanandan has already hinted about the reopening of the case which will be decided by the cabinet meeting. The ruling front realized that this is their only saving grace ahead of the assembly elections in May.

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