Woman alleges Kerala ex-minister Jose Thettayil 'exploited' her

Kochi:  A 30-year-old woman filed a case on Sunday alleging that former Kerala transport minister and opposition legislator Jose Thettayil and his son "exploited" her. The father-son duo have been booked for non- bail able offence under IPC 376- sexual offence

The woman approached the Aluva police on Sunday and handed over a 15-page complaint, along with a CD, claiming that the father-son duo "used" her. The 30-year-old alleged that the 62-year-old former minister reneged on a promise that his son would marry her.

Meanwhile, TV channel here aired visuals of the allegedly of the former minister with the woman.
The Aluva police registered a case against the Janata Dal(S) legislator and his son Adarsh.

State Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said the crime branch of the police would probe the matter.

The woman, who holds a Master's degree in computer applications, reportedly testified before a team of police officials, offering details of the manner of her "exploitation" by the father-son duo.

Reacting to the allegations, Thettayil said he has a nearly four-year-old acquaintance with the woman, but there was no question at all of his son marrying her.

"She is three or four years elder to my son. The visuals aired were morphed, the lady is a computer expert. There is a big conspiracy behind this," Thettayil, who served as transport minister in the V.S. Achuthanandan cabinet, told the media.

This case comes close on the heels of the flak the Oommen Chandy government has been facing in the assembly and outside it, over the associations of members of his staff with a woman arrested for fraud.

On Monday, the Left opposition is set to stage a massive protest in front of the assembly, reiterating the demand that Chandy must quit over the scandal.
Story First Published: June 23, 2013 22:02 IST

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