Bribe taint on former judges of Kerala HC

VR Jayaraj | Kochi, February 04, 2011

A television channel on Sunday reported that two former judges of the Kerala High Court had accepted bribe to issue orders favouring former Minister and Muslim League general secretary PK Kunhalikutty in the infamous ice-cream parlour sex racket.

The shocking revelation was made by KC Peter, former Additional Director General of Prosecutions, according to the channel. According to Peter, high court Justices K Thankappan and K Narayana Kurup had accepted bribes aggregating to `40 lakh from Kunhalikutty to dismiss pleas seeking CBI probe against him in the sex scandal in 2007.

In the video clipping, shot in a sting operation, aired by the channel, Peter said Kunhalikutty would have gone into prison had the two judges not issued orders in his favour after taking bribes. "There is no judge in the high court as corrupt as Narayana Kurup," the video showed Peter as saying. However, he denied having revealed anything like this later.

Peter said he had advised KA Rauf, Kunhalikutty’s co-brother, on ways to influence the two judges. Thankappan and Kurup were said to be Peter’s classmates at the law academy and colleagues too. Rauf had triggered the current controversy over the 15-year-old parlour sex scandal with some stunning revelations on Friday. Kurup said he had not accepted even "`10" from anybody to dismiss the petition seeking CBI probe into the scandal.

"The case was not serious enough to be handed to CBI," he told the media.