Chennai court rejects former Kerala minister’s plea

July 9th, 2008 - 5:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, July 9 (IANS) A Tamil Naidu court Wednesday rejected a request from former Kerala minister P.J. Joseph to exempt him from personal appearances in a two-year-old molestation case on health grounds. Joseph had allegedly molested a woman journalist during a commercial flight from here to Kochi in 2006.

Joseph was forced to quit his ministerial post following a probe by a senior woman police officer who said the allegations needed a judicial review on the basis of prima facie evidence.

The charge-sheet was filed against Joseph in May this year.

The next hearing of the case has been posted for Thursday.

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