A Thiruvananthapuram Court on Saturday acquitted former transport minister A. K. Saseendran in Mangalam TV sleaze talkÂ case. Following the chief judicial magistrate court’s decision, Saseendran resigned from the Cabinet.
The order came in a case filed by a woman journalist of Mangalam TV channel against the minister, alleging that he asked her for sexual favours. However, she later submitted a petition stating that she had filed the case on the basis of a misunderstanding and that the matter hadÂ been resolved out of court.
The case dates back to March 26, 2017, when the newly-launched Malayalam news channel Mangalam TV aired the audio tape alleged to be that of Saseendran indulging in sex talk with a woman. Although the woman’s voice was edited out and Saseendran was criticised for having exploited a woman, it soon came to light that he was set up by the channel itself.