The Supreme Court Friday sought a response from the Kerala government, the CBI and others on a petition by former chief minister V S Achuthanandan, which demanded a CBI probe into the Kozhikode ice cream parlour sex scandal.
A Bench led by Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai issued notices on a plea that criminal justice has been subverted in a systematic manner in the case, which can only be rectified by ordering an independent probe. “Young girls have been sexually exploited and to suppress the shocking incident, monies have been exchanged... Unfortunately, the high court glossed over it,” senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, who appeared for Achuthanandan, said.
“This is the shocking state of affairs to say the least. If this case does not warrant a CBI probe, which case will merit such kind of investigation?” he said, adding that even after a decade, there has been no progress in the investigation.
He said he did not want to disclose names of the culprits in court as it will be “embarrassing for the institution”.
The former CM moved the SC against a Kerala HC order, which dismissed his petition for a probe in the case allegedly involving Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty.
The case dates back to the 1990s, when an ice cream parlour was allegedly used as a cover to run a brothel.