New Delhi: UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi is unlikely to meet Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien as the demand for his resignation grows following allegations of his involvement in the 1996 Suryanelli gangrape case.
An under pressure Kurien had sought time to meet Sonia on Friday. Pressure grew on Sonia to act against Kurien after the Suryanelli rape victim's mother wrote to her on Thursday asking her to intervene in the interest of justice for her daughter.
Adding to the Congress's woes, key witness KS Rajan, whose testimony was crucial to Kurien's acquittal, has retracted his statement. Rajan has now said that his statement that placed Kurien away from the scene of the rape was not recorded correctly. "My friends took me to the bank and very casually asked if I had not met him there or not on that day. I said yes, which is all I said, nothing to protect him," Rajan said.
In her letter faxed to Sonia, with a copy to AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi, the victim's mother expressed anguish over the Congress-led UDF government in Kerala refusing to order further investigation in Kurien's alleged involvement in the case. Striking an emotional note, the girl's mother hoped that being a mother herself the Congress President would understand the plight of the victim's family.