KOCHI: In a setback to the proceedings of the Paravoor sex scam cases, Special Public Prosecutor C P Mohan Menon has decided to quit from the post.
Mohan Menon in a letter to the Crime Branch, cited ill-health as the reason for quitting from the post of Special Public Prosecutor. He will relieve after completing trial in the 11th case that is currently progressing at the Additional Sessions Court.
Meanwhile, advocates close to Menon said he decided to quit as he was not informed about the anticipatory bail of an accused, which was considered at the Kerala High Court.
It was after the High Court granted anticipatory bail to Kollam-native Krishnakumar that Mohan was informed about the bail petition. Krishnakumar received anticipatory bail after the prosecution failed to raise serious objection against it at the court.
Similarly, there are reports that Mohan Menon was facing pressure from politicians and bureaucrats. It is also learnt that attempts were being made to delay the trial in the case to save some of the accused.
A few months ago, Assistant Special Prosecutor Ayub Khan had quit the post, following allegations that he had demanded bribe from a Coimbatore-native who is accused in the scam.
So far, ten cases related to the Paravoor sex scam have been disposed of by the court.
There are a total of 56 cases registered in connection with the scam. There are 150 accused in the case, with parents of the victim being the prime accused.