Kallada Sukumaran, who was the Director-General of Prosecution (DGP) during 1996-2001, says he had advised the then Left Democratic Front government to prosecute P.K. Kunhalikutty in connection with the ‘ice-cream parlour' sex scandal.
“In my report, I said Mr. Kunhalikutty was liable to be prosecuted,” Mr. Sukumaran told The Hindu . “I gave my views to the government based on the police records and other documents I had examined and also after discussions with investigating officers.”
A major reason
One of the main reasons for his recommending prosecution was the fact that while Mr. Kunhalikutty's then chauffeur, Aravindan, was being prosecuted for the scandal, Mr. Kunhalikutty himself was not. A woman IPS officer who supervised the investigating officers had told Mr. Sukumaran that she had faced ‘pressure from above.'
Mr. Sukumaran said he had nothing against Mr. Kunhalikutty personally then or now. He had treated the issue like dozens of other issues that had come before him as the DGP. The government would ask for his opinion on issues, and based on his examination of the documents relating to the issue he would give his view.
When pointed out that the then Advocate-General M.K. Damodaran had recommended to the government not to prosecute Mr. Kunhalikutty, Mr. Sukumaran said: “DGPs and AGs just give their opinions to the government; it is up to the government to accept or reject the opinions.”