“You have to answer for fraud”: Kerala High Court pulls up Unni Mukundan for forged affidavit, lifts stay on trial in sexual harassment case

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The Kerala High Court on Thursday lifted the stay on the proceedings against Malayalam cine actor Unni Mukundan in a case of outraging the modesty of a woman [Unni Mukundan v State of Kerala & Anr.].

Pertinently, the Court also took strong exception to what it considered to be a forged affidavit filed by the actor as per which a settlement had been reached between him and the complainant woman.

The High Court had previously granted the stay upon being informed about the settlement and the affidavit.

The affidavit that was supposedly signed by the woman was submitted by Mukundan, through advocate Saiby Jose Kidangoor, who is himself embroiled in a bribery scam.

Today, however, the complainant’s counsel informed the Court that she had not signed any such affidavit.

Justice K Babu took a very dim view of the situation and decided to vacate the stay that the court had previously granted.

“Get ready for hearing. You will have to answer how such an affidavit happened to be produced. It is a very serious thing, playing fraud on the court. You may file detailed counter if you wish. This is forgery. Petitioner has to answer,” the judge remarked after issuing the order.

The matter will be taken up next on February 17.

Mukundan was directed to file a detailed counter affidavit by then explaining the situation.

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