Kochi: The High Court upheld the verdict of the sessions court in the Pandalam sex scandal case. Justice P Bhavadasan upheld the punishment and found all seven accused guilty of crime.
The accused are: K. Venugopal, lecturer at Department of English, NSS college, B. Ravindranatha Pillai, lecturer in the same department, C.M. Prakash, lecturer in Department of Botany, M. Venugopal, a contractor, Jyothish Kumar, a provision store owner, Manoj Kumar, former panchayat member and K.G. Shah George, a TV serial producer. The accused were awarded jail term ranging from 7 years to 11 years and the first three accused were slapped a fine of Rs 1.25 lakh while the rest were fined Rs 50,000. The convicts moved the HC against the sessions court verdict. The High Court directed that the fine collected from the accused be handed over to the victim.
The case relates to the sexual exploitation of a girl student of the NSS Hindu College, Pandalam. Of the seven accused, three are still lecturers at the college. Eight persons were in the original list of the accused, but one of them, K. Radhakrishnan, who was a lecturer in the Department of Malayalam at the college, later committed suicide.