Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: K.V. Joseph, former Special Public Prosecutor in the Kozhikode ice-cream parlour sex scandal case, on Monday filed a criminal defamation suit against the social critic Sukumar Azhikode and Anweshi Women's Counselling president K. Ajitha before the Kozhikode First Class Judicial Magistrate's Court here.

According to the petitioner, Prof. Azhikode had made defamatory statements against him during a meeting organised under the initiative of Ms. Ajitha at the Nalanda auditorium here on January 8 in the wake of the judgment in the ice-cream parlour sex scandal.

He had also used words to the effect instigating the public and anti-social elements to attack him, Mr. Joseph said in his complaint.

He alleged that Ms. Ajitha had been making statements and giving interviews in the media propagating "baseless allegations for the reasons/benefits calculated by her only."

Both the accused were well aware that the allegations and propagations were baseless but these had been made only to defame him, the complainant said.

Mr. Joseph said these defamatory statements had effected his profession adversely. Clients, colleagues and other members of the public had started considering him as a person having no intellectual character or honesty and integrity.

After the statements by Prof. Azhikode and Ms. Ajitha, it had become risky for the complaint to go to public places as he feared "physical attacks" from persons having the same views as that of the accused.

The intention of the accused was also to ruin the career of the complainant as a renowned criminal lawyer, he said.

His family members have become mentally upset.

Ms. Ajitha was "continuing her criminal act of defaming " him in all fora and media for the purpose of demoralising him and to make " the subject alive for her personal and other interests," Mr. Joseph said in his petition.

He also alleged that it was Ajitha who had arranged a forum for Prof. Azhikode to make defamatory statement against him and publish them in the media. The accused had acted in common intention and conspired to defame the complainant to take advantage of sensitive issues. These acts amounted to offences punishable under Section 500 (defamation) read with Section 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).