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All steps taken to get stay vacated: Chandy

By Our Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 8. The Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, said here today that he would direct the police to look into complaints that some pages had gone missing from the diary seized by the police in the Kozhikode ice-cream parlour sex racket case.

Talking to presspersons after the Cabinet meeting, the Chief Minister said this was in response to the demand made by the Opposition at the conference convened by him on Tuesday.

Mr. Chandy said there were legal limitations to the Government intervening in the case, which had been charge-sheeted during the LDF rule. However, if the Opposition or the media came out with any further legal steps, the Government would be ready to accept it.

Legal steps

Referring to the Opposition contention that the measures taken by the Government to vacate the stay on the trial of the case were not satisfactory, the Chief Minister said all possible legal steps were being initiated. Mr. Kunhalikutty was not among the accused.

On the State Attorney arguing against the expansion of the list of accused in the court, Mr. Chandy said the Government side could not argue in support of the arguments advanced by the accused in the case.

He said that while the Government would not hinder democratic agitations by the Opposition over the Kunhalikutty issue, violence and attempts to curtail the freedom of others would not be countenanced. If public property were destroyed, civil action would be taken besides booking criminal cases. This was being done as per the court directives.

Report

He said that a report on the attack on nuns at Olavanna, sought by the National Human Rights Commission, would be submitted to the Commission tomorrow. The delay in the submission of the report had occurred as he had issued a directive that a detailed report should be prepared instead of the one sent for his approval earlier.

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