Thiruvananthapuram, June 18 (BPNS)
Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President K. Sudhakaran challenged the allegation of the CPI-M Kerala state secretary, M.V. Govindan’s allegation that he was present at the residence of Monson Mavunkal, who was sentenced till death in a POCSO case. Sudhakaran asked Govindan as to how he was privy to the confidential statement given to the police by the survivor.
It may be noted that Monson Mavunkal, an impersonator in Kochi had duped several people including VIPs that he was an antique collector and collected huge money from gullible people in the name of buying and selling antique pieces. His claims were later proved to be fraudulent and that he had cheated many people of crores of rupees.
Monson was arrested and then the daughter of his maidservant raised an allegation that she was sexually abused by him when she was a minor and even after she crossed 18 years. She also lodged a complaint with the police that she was forced to terminate her pregnancy out of the physical relationship with Monson. This led to the police registering a POCSO against Monson Mavunkal and a magistrate court in Kochi on Saturday sentenced the self-styled antique collector to imprisonment till death and fined him.
Another complainant, Shameer had in his petition before the police stated that he was cheated of Rs 25 lakhs by Monson and that KPCC president K. Sudhakaran was present and that the latter had taken Rs 10 lakh out of the money he had given to Monson. A case of cheating was registered against Monson in which Sudhakaran was made the second accused.
However the CPI-M Kerala organ, Deshabhimani brought out a story on June 18, Sunday that Sudhakaran was present at the residence of Monson when he had abused the daughter of the maid servant. The CPI-M state secretary M.V. Govindan repeated the allegation in a press conference here at Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. Sudhakaran challenged Govindan as to how he was privy to such a statement of the survivor and challenged that he would quit public life if such a charge was proved against him.
Sudhakaran said, “CPI-M is behind the allegation against me. MV Govindan was talking as if he was present at Monson’s residence with me. I will take legal action against the CPI-M leader for defaming me.”
He said, “ How Govindan came to know of the details in a confidential statement of the POCSO complainant. Even Monson had said that I had no role in the cheating case. I don’t know of the people who had filed a case against me, but it’s certain that CPI-M is behind this and the party has been on a witch hunt against me.”
However, the state Crime Branch police denied the claims of the CPI-M state secretary and said that Sudhakaran was named as an accused in the cheating case only. It may be noted that the CPI-M has always been in a confrontation path with K. Sudhakaran, a tough leader from the CPI-M bastion of Kannur district in North Kerala.