Kiliroor victim’s father to produce VIP list

published on December 15, 2008



Kiliroor case: Sari’s father to meet Achuthanandan

Pioneer News Service | Kochi

As the Kiliroor sex scandal case has re-emerged as a big social issue in Kerala with the Cantonment Police in Thiruvananthapuram registering a case against Health Minister and CPI(M) central committee member PK Sreemathi and five others, the relatives of victim of the scandal Sari S Nair, the minor girl who died and their supporters have started efforts to seek justice directly from the Government.

Sari’s father CL Surendran has sought an appointment with Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan to produce the ‘VIP list’ in connection with the case. The decision of Surendran to meet the Chief Minister is in the context of the complaints lodged and the case files are reportedly missing from Achuthanandan’s office.

Surendran had approached the office of the Chief Minister for an appointment and though he was given one for Monday, it had to be postponed as the Achuthanandan was in Alappuzha.

Kiliroor Action Council general convener Raju Puzhangara and Surendran said they would meet the Chief Minister within two days to submit the complaints and the VIP list.

Sixteen-year-old Sari, victim of the sex abuse, died at the Medical College Hospital, Kottayam at the end of very suspicious health problems on November 13, 2004 after giving birth to a baby girl. Achuthanandan himself had said when he was the Opposition leader of the State that the visit by a ‘VIP’ to the girl in the hospital had made her dangerously restless.

There were reports that that this VIP was none but Sreemathi who had tried to interfere in the case due to unavoidable reasons. However, after becoming Chief Minister, Achuthanandan recanted as part of patching up with his enemies in the CPI(M), saying there had never been such a VIP.

However, the Kiliroor sex scandal came to the centre-stage again recently with K Suresh Kumar IAS, former additional secretary in the Chief Minister’s office, stating that CPI(M) State committee member and Achuthanandan’s private secretary S Rajendran had concealed a very important file regarding the case from the Chief Minister thus contributing to the sabotage of the case.

The file, according to Suresh, had contained some vital documents and a letter he himself had drafted for the Chief Minister seeking a DIG-level probe by the CBI into the case. He added that when the documents regarding the case were sought through the provisions of the Right to Information Act, the Government had answered that the file was missing.

Public Information Officer M Somashekaran of the Home Department, in reply to the application tendered as per the Right to Information Act on November 27, 2007, had informed that the complaint lodged was reported missing.

The copy of the dailies which reported the news of the memorandum submitted by the victim’s parents was produced before the commission. State information officer PN Vijaya Kumar had directed to recover the files missing from the Secretariat and produce it before them. But so far, the files have not been submitted.

Following Suresh Kumar’s revelation, a Thiruvananthapuram court ordered the initiation of a case against Sreemathi, Rajendran, Chief Minister’s political secretary KN Balagopalan, Latha Nair (prime accused in the Kiliroor case) and two Minister’s sons.

The court’s action irked the CPI(M) and party State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan lashed out at he court saying that the judge did not possess common sense.

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