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HC rejects victim’s plea against P J Kurien in Suryanelli rape case

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HC rejects victim’s plea against P J Kurien in Suryanelli rape case
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Kochi: The High Court on Wednesday rejected a petition seeking a fresh investigation into Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien's role in the Suryanelli sex scandal.

The victim filed the plea challenging the Thodupuzha sessions court upholding a magistrate court's order, refusing to arraign Kurien.

The woman raised the request for a fresh probe after revelations by Dharmarajan, the prime accused. She also complained that no proper investigation had been conducted against Kurien and two others, Jamal and Unnikrishnan.

Justice P Bhavadasan, before whom the petition came up, rejected the plea of the victim.

The sex scandal took place at Suryanelli in Idukki in January 1996. Then woman, then a 16-year-old was threatened, abducted and abused by a bus conductor and was later confined and sexually assaulted for 45 days by 42 men.

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