The Kozhikode Vigilance Inquiry Commissioner and Special Judge on Thursday posted to March 23 the beginning of the trial in the B.Ed. College bribery case.

The case is in connection with an allegation that three Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leaders had demanded a bribe from the Metropolitan of Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church Yuhanan Mar Philixinos for sanctioning a B.Ed. college at Meenangadi in Wayanad district.

In January, the Special Judge V. Jayaram had issued orders for commencing the trial from Thursday after the High Court had rejected a plea moved by the accused seeking the withdrawal of charge sheet.

The three accused IUML leaders were the former legislator P.P.V. Moosa, the former chairman of State Textile Federation N. Mammootty, and P.C. Ahamed, the former party secretary of Wayanad district. However, two of them — Mammootty and Ahamed — had expired and their names had been removed from list of accused. Now only Mr. Moosa will face trial. The judge also directed that the death certificates of the expired accused be produced in court before the trial commenced. The court had, in February 2006, framed charges against the IUML leaders after finding them prima facie guilty in the case. This was on the basis of a deposition of the Metropolitan.

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