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Court rules against making P J Kurien an accused in Suryanelli case

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Court rules against making P J Kurien an accused in Suryanelli case
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Thodupuzha: A Sessions Court here on has ruled against making Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien an accused in the Suryanelli rape case.

The case relates to a 16-year-old girl from Suryanelli in Idukki district being abducted in January 1996 and taken to various places and sexually exploited by at least 40 persons.

Rejecting the criminal revision petition filed by the victim at the court seeking inclusion of Kurien’s name in the case based on the revelation of the main accused Dharmarajan, Thodupuzha District Sessions court on Saturday ruled that Kurien cannot be named as an accused.

“The revelations of Dharmarajan cannot be considered valid as he himself is an accused in the case. Moreover, he himself has retracted his earlier remarks,” observed the court.

Dharmarajan, the prime accused in the case, had earlier claimed that he had taken Kurien in his car to a guest house in Kumily where the victim was lodged and said he was not familiar with him. However, he retracted his statement before the Thodupuzha Sessions Court in an affidavit on May 29.

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