Ace Malayalam comedian Jagathy Sreekumar was acquitted on Monday in the Vithura sex scandal case in which a teenaged girl was allegedly sexually abused by several people. Jagathy was one of the five accused.
While delivering the verdict, Special Court Judge PK Baburaj said, "The prosecution failed to prove the charges against Jagathy."
The sex scandal in 1995-96 had hit the headlines when a 16-year-old girl from Vithura near Thiruvananthapuram was allegedly sexually abused by several people.
A special court was set up here to look into this case and the Suryanelli sex case in which another teenage girl was allegedly sexually assaulted. All the accused, including Jagathy, were out on bail. Of the five, the first accused, Ajitha Beegum, committed suicide. Two people involved in the case are yet to be arrested.
Jagathy was mobbed by his fans when he emerged from the court after the verdict. The actor said, "God is great and the truth has won."
He added: "I know many people were praying for me and their prayers have been answered. I have nothing against anyone."
CP Udayabhanu, who appeared for the prosecution, said they would appeal against the verdict. Jagathy has acted in over 1,000 Malayalam films in a career spanning three decades.