The Opposition boycotted the fag end of the sitting of the Assembly on Thursday following a blame game between the treasury benches and the Opposition over the arrest of the victim of Sooryanelli case in a criminal case.

Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan, CPI(M) member K.K. Lathika, and CPI member E.S. Bijimol alleged that a case of embezzlement was framed against the victim of sexual exploitation in order to portray her as one with criminal tendencies when the appeal against acquittal of the accused in the Sooryanelli case was before the Supreme Court.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who was replying to the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address, said the case against the girl was registered during the LDF rule. If she was arrested from a bus stand without the presence of women police, he would inquire about that. The girl, who was working in the Sales Tax Department, had been transferred when T.M. Thomas Isaac was the Finance Minister.

The Opposition Leader maintained that the case was registered against her in retribution to the prosecution of the accused in the sex scandal. Dr. Thomas Isaac interjected to say that Mr. Achuthanandan, when he was the Chief Minister and he the Finance Minister, had called him and said that the victims was about to be suspended on charges of embezzlement. He had intervened and settled the matter through a transfer.

The Chief Minister asked why the police case had not been dropped then. Finance Minister K.M. Mani said that Dr. Isaac had admitted that he had directed the continuation of the police case. This allegation led to protests from the Opposition with some of the members moving towards the well of the House. Though Mr. Mani made amends to his statement, that did not satisfy the Opposition. Mr. Achuthanandan alleged that Mr. Mani was one of those pulling the strings for the accused in the Sooryanelli case. After the Opposition walked out, the Chief Minister said the Opposition had resorted to a walkout to hide something for which the LDF government was responsible. “If the girl was innocent, why had not the then government withdrawn the police case against her? It was not Mr. Mani who had transferred the girl,” he said.