//Kiliroor case: CBI files charge sheet against 9 accused

Kiliroor case: CBI files charge sheet against 9 accused

KOCHI: The CBI on Thursday filed charge sheet against nine accused in the Kiliroor sex scandal case before Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate P. D. Sarangadharan.

The case relates to sexual exploitation of a girl from Kiliroor, near Kottayam, by the accused after offering her roles in television serials.

The girl later died at the Medical College Hospital (MCH) few days after she was delivered of a girl child.

The accused are: Omanakutty (47), Praveen, 24, and Manoj, 19, both conductors attached to the Guruvayur depot of the Kerala State Transport Corporation (KSRTC); Latha Nair of Mallappalli; Binu alias Kochumon, 30, of Kottayam; Prasanth, 23, conductor at the KSRTC Guruvayur depot; Somanathan alias Soman, 46, of Kumali; Abdul Lathif alias Collector Lathif, 52, and V.K. Devadas, 47.

They are arraigned as accused 1 to 9 respectively.

The accused have been charged with offences punishable under Sections 120B (conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 376(2)(g) (committing gang rape), 506 (criminal intimidation), 109 (abetment) and 212 (harbouring offenders) of Indian Penal Code.

The charge sheet said the investigation had revealed that Kochumon had introduced the girl to Latha Nair, who was supposed to get her a role in serials and album, in August 2003.

It said the victim was taken by the accused to Palani and Guruvayur and Edappaly in Ernakulam.

The charge sheet alleged that the girl was forced to consume liquor and was gang-raped.

When she got pregnant, she was referred to the Medical College. She had been diagnosed as suffering from acute intestinal obstruction.

She was later discharged form the hospital in August 28, 2004. Later, she was admitted to the Carithas Hospital in Kottayam, though the doctors at the private hospital had recommended that she be taken to the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences. However, she was admitted to the Matha Hosptial, Thellakam in Kottayam.

The doctors there found that she was suffering from acute intestinal obstruction.

Later, it was found that bilious discharge from her stomach was abnormal and it could not be controlled.

The CBI charge sheet said that a medical board, which examined the medical records, found that the diagnosis and treatment given to her was proper.

However, the board could not give reasons for the presence of high levels of copper in the blood.

The board also could not find any negligence or lapses on the part of the doctors who treated the victim