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Suryanelli case haunts Kurien

Suryanelli case haunts Kurien

Thiruvananthapuram: The Suryanelli gangrape case is again haunting Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson P J Kurien with the revelation of Idikula’s wife that Kurien had come to the residence around 4. 30 p.m that day.

It is a day after BJP leader Rajan retracted his earlier statement. Rajan, in a television interview said that it was around 5 p.m when he met Prof. Kurien at the residence of a person called Idicula.

Rajan had earlier given the statement that he met Prof. Kurien at the residence around 7 p.m. The statement was used as a proof that Prof. Kurien was not at the Kumily Panchayat Guest House where the girl alleged him to have raped her.

Meanwhile, P.J. Kurien Tuesday said asserted that three police investigations and the apex court had exonerated him of involvement in the 1996 Suryanelli rape case and he was innocent in the eyes of god too.

"Please note that I have been cleared by three different police investigation teams; besides the apex court exonerated me and the final discharge in the case following a private petition filed by the victim came from the Kerala High Court. In the eyes of god also I have done no wrong," Kurien said.

The horrific case in Suryanelli took place in January 1996 when a 16-year-old was threatened, abducted and abused by a bus conductor. She was brutally sexually assaulted for 45 days by 42 men. The victim had named Kurien as among those who exploited her in 1996.

The case is back in the spotlight after the Supreme Court on Jan 31 ordered a retrial, setting aside the acquittal in 2005 by the Kerala High Court of all but one of the 35 accused.

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