Ex-Kerala Minister case: Airport police seeks inquiry report

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Chennai, Jul 3 (UNI) The Airport Police today filed a petition in a local court, seeking a direction to the Kerala Government to provide a copy of the inquiry report on the alleged sexual harassment of a woman co-passenger by former Kerala Minister P J Joseph onboard an aircraft.

The Airport police sought the report, submitted by Inspector General of Police B Sandhya, appointed as the inquiry officer by the Kerala Government, stating that it was needed in connection with the case.

Alandur Judicial Magistrate N Ramanathan admitted the petition and posted it for hearing to July 9.

Earlier, an Advocate from Kerala, K V Mani, appearing on behalf of Joseph, sought exemption of personal appearance for Joseph on the ground that the Legislator had to attend the ongoing Assembly session in Kerala. He pointed out that Joseph had already filed a petition in this regard on June 2 last.

The Magistrate, however, observed that he could pass orders on the petition only when Mr Joseph was present in the court.

The Advocate then submitted that Joseph (67) was a diabetic and it was difficult for him to attend all hearings. Hence, he sought the exemption on humanitarian grounds.

Following this, the Magistrate adjourned the matter to July 9 for passing orders.

The prosecution case was that Joseph, the then Kerala Public Works Minister, had allegedly harassed a co-passenger on a flight from Chennai to Kochi on August 3, 2006. The issue kicked up a political storm, culminating in the Minister tendering his resignation.

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