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Congress MP Peethambara Kurup denies molestation charge

Congress MP Peethambara Kurup denies molestation charge

Kollam: Congress MP N Peethambara Kurup, embroiled in controversy over alleged molestation of Malayalam cine actress Shweta Menon at a function here on Friday evening, on Saturday strongly denied having committed such an act.

"It is totally untrue. I am telling this since my name has come up in a section of the media in connection with the incident," 73-year-old Kurup, representing Kollam in the Lok Sabha, told the media here on Saturday.

Shweta had complained, without naming her tormentor, that she was physically humilated at the venue of the President's Trophy boat race function here on Friday evening.

Media footage showed Kurup touching her after which the MP issued the statement.

The MP on Friday said it was extremely painful that his name had been dragged into the unfortunate incident and that he was confident of proving his innocence with the backing of strong proof.

"For the time being it needs to be seen only as a politically motivated move when elections are approaching. It is painful that any kind of malicious attack could be unleashed against me just because I am a politician," he said.

The incident sparked strong protests from the Malayalam film fraternity and women's oufits who demanded strong action in the incident.

Police are yet to register a case in connection with the incident, based either on the complaint the actress claimed to have orally made to the district collector or by taking note of media reports.

Meanwhile, chief minister Oommen Chandy told reporters at Kottayam that he had not received any complaint from the actor so far on the incident.

"If we get a complaint, after investigation appropriate action will be taken," he said.


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