The Vithura sex scandal case, in which the victim had failed to identify the accused, entered a crucial phase on Tuesday when the three magistrates who had conducted identification parades in the case authenticated their memorandum showing that she had identified them during the 1996-97 identification parades at the Special Court hearing the case. Two of the magistrates, P.S. Prasannan and Annis Mathai, had retired from the service.

The third, P.S. Antony, is currently serving as district magistrate at the Piravom Additional District Magistrate Court.