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Prime witness in sex racket blames activist

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November 04, 2004 20:46 IST

A prime witness in the sensational ice cream parlour sex racket case in Kerala on Thursday retracted her latest charges of sexual harassment against state Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty saying an NGO activist "forced her to say everything."

Rejina, who was arrested and produced in a court in Kozhikode in connection with a suicide case, told reporters outside the premises that a social activist, Ajita, who brought the alleged sex scandal to limelight in 1996, "forced me to say everything."

But it was not immediately known if she had mentioned it in her written statement made before the First Class Judicial Magistrate Court-III. It was also not known whether the statement refers to the charges pertaining to the attempt to suicide case against her or to the ice cream parlour case.

Rejina was arrested on a warrant pending against her in the suicide case filed in 2000. She was granted bail on Thursday. She had recently levelled fresh charges of sexual harassment against minister Kunhalikutty, involving him in the case.

Kunhalikutty had rejected the charges, terming them as "politically motivated."
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