Special Correspondent

Convention to press for thorough inquiry

KOZHIKODE: The organising committee formed for the convention planned in Malappuram on January 26 to press for a thorough inquiry into the circumstances that led to the alleged changes in the statements of key witnesses in the ice-cream parlour sex scandal case has called for a retrial of the case.

K. Ajitha and K.T. Kunhikkannan, spokespersons of the committee, have released a statement which says a retrial and a thorough probe into the "conspiracy" behind the witnesses changing their statements before the court are what people wanted.

The statement is issued in the names of social activists and writers. They include D. Sreedevi, former Chairperson of the State Women's Commission; writers P. Valsala , B.M. Suhara, Sarah Joseph, M.N. Vijayan and Sukumar Azhikode; poet O.N.V. Kurup; and historian K.N. Panikkar.

It has condemned in strong terms attempts being made to silence organisations, social workers and mediapersons who had brought the sex racket before public attention.

The committee expects Teesta Setalvad, the social worker who is leading a legal battle in the Best Bakery case in which also similar volte face by witnesses had taken place, to attend the Malappuram convention.