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Suryanelli case: Dharmarajan remanded

Suryanelli case: Dharmarajan remanded

Kottayam: A special court in Kottayam Saturday remanded S S Dharmarajan, the third accused in the 17-year old Suryanelli sex scandal, who was arrested by State police on Friday.

Dharmarajan was produced before the court at 11.30 am and was later shifted to Kottayam sub-jail.

A former lawyer, Dharmarajan, was arrested by a five-member special team of Kerala police from a hotel at Sagar in Karnataka.

The police team, led by C Rajagopal, superintendent of police, Kottayam, located Dharmarajan's hideout by tracking signals from his cellphone. At the time of arrest, Dharmarajan was found with his head tonsured and wearing a cap.

He told the mediapersons at the court premises that he stood by whatever he had said about the case so far.

Dharmarajan had told a television channel from an undisclosed location in Mysore a few days ago that Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien was involved in the case as charged by the victim. Thereafter, the special court here had issued a warrant to arrest him.

In 2002, the special court awarded life term to all the accused in the case, including Dharmarajan. In 2005, the high court set aside this verdict and freed all the accused, except Dharmarajan. However, his life term was reduced to five years. He was out on bail in April 2005 and was to report back on May 20. Since then he was absconding.

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