Comedian Jagathy Sreekumar has been cleared of the rape charge that he has been hounded with for almost 10 years now. He was cleared after the presiding judge ruled that there was want of enough evidence required to convict the funnyman.
In the case against him, he allegedly was involved in the sexual abuse of a 16 year old girl. After the girl was picked up by the police from a brothel in Ernakulam, they registered a case against forty-five people who had allegedly sexually accused her - including the ace comedian.
The girl identified Jagathy as one of her rapist. The act is said to have happened at a hotel in Kochi on the 7th of November 1995 when the film Puthukottayile Puthumanavaalan was being shot for. The case lingered for a while until Jagathy appealed to the Supreme Court to speed up the process. The Supreme Court in response to his request had passed on the case to a special court with instructions to dispose of the case in six months. Many other film personalities were also examined during the trial.
After he was acquitted in the case, the actor said that he was very happy that justice took course. He said that he had suffered enough mental turmoil already due to the case. The public prosecutor of the case said that they will reappeal against the verdict in the High Court.