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Chandy comes out in support of PJ Kurien

Chandy comes out in support of PJ Kurien

Thiruvananthapuram: Terming the allegations against Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha PJ Kurien in the Suryanelli rape case as unfortunate and painful, Chief Minister Ommen Chandy on Saturday came out in support of the Senior Congress leader.

Commenting on the latest developments, Ommen Chandy said it was the allegation made by the victim 17 years ago, not a new revelation.

Chandy said the UDF government did not make any mistake in dealing with the case and the government had not even changed the public prosecutor appointed by the then E.K Nayanar government.

He asked why the previous LDF government had not registered any case against Kurien.

"It is not right to harass a person who was found not guilty by the court and the investigation team," he said.

Asked if the government intended to order a re-probe as the victim was sticking to her allegation against Kurien, Chandy said the LDF ruled the state for ten years after this incident and they could not do anything to prove the charge.

"Not only that, government can proceed only in accordance with law. Opposition is trying to create smokescreen on the issue."

Chandy said the LDF-led opposition was trying to politicise the matter by targeting a person and this would only help the real culprits escape. "This is very unfortunate," he added.

The Suryanelli gangrape case has returned to haunt Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson P J Kurien with the victim asking her advocate to explore the possibility of a review of the Supreme Court order quashing all charges against him.

Some local TV channels were since Friday showing a letter supposedly written by the victim to her advocates to see if a review petition can be filed to re-open the case against then central minister Kurien, who had allegedly also exploited her.

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