The Kerala High Court on Wednesday dismissed as withdrawn an appeal filed by the state government challenging the Kozhikode Judicial First Class Magistrate Court order to provide the copies of documents of the ice cream parlour sabotage case to Opposition Leader VS Achuthanandan.
When the case came up, Advocate- General K P Dandapani sought permission to withdraw the case and the court allowed it.
Justice V K Mohanan dismissed the petition as withdrawn. The court made it clear that this order will not stand in the way of the state in initiating any proceedings in connection with the case.
The case was registered based on the alleged disclosures by K A Rauf at a press conference in January, 2011 that Minister P K Kunhalikutty had asked several key witnesses to turn hostile in lieu of pecuniary benefits. In its petition, the state government had said that Achuthanandan was a ‘stranger’ to the crime registered at the Kozhikode town police station. Therefore, the order of the lower court was illegal. A portion of the case diary, which was confidential in nature, could not be given to anyone and it is prohibited under the Code of Criminal Procedure, the state argued.