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Suryanelli victim moves HC against P J Kurien

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Kochi: The victim of the infamous Suryanelli rape case on Saturday filed a petition in the High Court here seeking a reinvestigation into the role of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien in the case.

The petition seeks a reinvestigation into the role of Kurien in the case in the view of the revelation of Dharmarajan, a key accused in the case. Apart from seeking quashing of an order by Thodupuzha Sessions Court which rejected a plea against Kurien earlier, the plea also asks the high court to quash an order by a local court bench led by Justice Udhayabhanu which exonerated Kurien of all charges.

The victim had earlier moved the magistrate court on the basis of the retracted revelation made by Dharmarajan, the sole convict in the case, that he had taken Kurien to a guest house at Kumily where the girl had been lodged.

The court had held that the petition was not maintainable as Dharmarajan had backtracked on his statement. He had said in an affidavit that he was drunk when he made the charge against the Deputy Chairman through the media. Dismissing the petition, the sessions judge had upheld the Peerumedu Judicial First Class Magistrate Court ruling that there was no fresh proof against Kurien.

The Supreme Court had earlier set aside the High Court verdict acquitting all 35 accused but Dharmarajan in the 1996 rape case.

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