Thiruvananthapuram

No evidence of sexual exploitation: CBI

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) informed its special court here on Tuesday that it found no ‘‘legally tangible evidence’’ to corroborate the allegation that the wards of at least four prominent politicians in the State had sexually exploited Anakha, a minor, and were consequently responsible for the death of the schoolgirl and her parents due to suspected poisoning at their house in Kaviyur on September 28, 2004.

In his report, Additional Superintendent of Police, CBI, Nandakumar Nair, told CBI Special Judge T.S.P. Moosad that T.P. Nandakumar, editor, Crime fortnightly, who demanded further investigation in the case, “could not or did not produce any evidence to substantiate his allegations.”

The report said Mr. Nandakumar had raised “unfounded, illogical, insolent and mischievous allegations with ulterior motives, to delay trial, mislead the court and cause miscarriage of justice.” It said Mr. Nandakumar had “thoroughly misled the public” through “false and baseless” reports published in three editions of his fortnightly between January 16 and May 15 this year. He had ‘‘defamed’’ Anakha, a diligent and upright student, and the petitioner “deserved to be severely condemned.”

Mr. Nandakumar had visited Latha Nair (who the CBI had booked on the charge of abetting the suicide of Anakha and family by allegedly causing them huge financial liabilities and bringing them infamy by seeking refuge in their house after the agency named her as an accused in the Kiliroor sex-for-money racket case) at the women’s prison here on March 24, 2012, the CBI said.

At the prison, Mr. Nandakumar had offered her up to Rs.1 crore as bribe to inform the High Court in writing that Thomas Chandy, MLA, and the wards of M.A. Baby, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, and P.K. Sreemathy, all Communist Party of India (Marxist) leaders, were responsible for Anakha’s plight to “strengthen his case against the CBI in the High Court,” the report stated.

The CBI stated that Ms. Latha Nair told Mr. Nandakumar in the presence of Jail Superintendent Nazeera Beevi that “she was not prepared to falsely name anyone” in the case.

The CBI said that Mr. Nandakumar had subsequently called Ms. Nazeera Beevi on March 30 to enquire whether Ms. Latha Nair had heeded his request. The CBI requested the court to order appropriate action against Mr. Nandakumar.

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