The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to Kerala government and others on a plea of former chief minister V S Achuthanandan seeking a CBI probe into the Kozhikode ice cream parlour sex scandal.
A bench headed by Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai sought responses from the state government and others including CBI on a plea of former chief minister that criminal justice has been subverted in a systematic manner in this case that can be rectified by only ordering an independent probe.
"Young girls have been sexually exploited and to suppress the shocking incident monies have been exchanged.
"Unfortunately, the high court glossed over it," senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for the former CM, said.
"This is the shocking state of affair to say the least. I am afraid if this case does not warrant a CBI probe then which case will merit such kind of investigation," he said, adding that even after lapse of a decade, the investigation has not moved.
The senior advocate said he does not want to disclose the names of the culprits in the open court as it will be "embarrassing for the institution".
The former CM has moved the apex court against an order of Kerala high court which had dismissed his petition seeking a CBI probe in the case allegedly involving industries minister P K Kunhalikutty.