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Cong disapproves of police action against CPI-M MPs

Cong disapproves of police action against CPI-M MPs

New Delhi: Congress Thursday disapproved of the alleged assault by police on CPI-M MP M B Rajesh during a protest here demanding removal of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien over the Suryanelli rape case.

"I wish that should not have happened. Let them sit. Why should they (police) drag him. That is not the way a public protest should be handled. Any MP from any party should not be handled like that," party spokesperson P C Chacko said.

Alleging that Rajesh was assaulted by policemen during a protest here, he and three others, including another CPI-M Rajya Sabha MP T N Seema, filed the complaint in Parliament Street Police station in this regard.

Rajesh and his colleagues were marching towards Parliament House as part of the protest organised by DYFI, SFI and AIDWA when they were stopped near Rail Bhavan. The protesters tried to move ahead but were picked up by police.

Chacko, who had earlier said that a decision on Kurien's removal may be taken before the Budget session, at the same time refused to speak on the issue saying the party's position has already been clarified on the matter. Congress had distanced from Chacko's earlier remarks on Kurien.

Asked what was his personal view on the matter, the Congress spokesperson said, "that is immaterial. What is important is the party view. The fact is all the courts have exonerated him in the case. Kurien has also written to all party MPs regarding the case."

Rejecting allegations against him, Kurien had Wednesday wrote to MPs saying three police inquiries and two judicial processes have cleared him in the 17-year-old Suryanelli rape case.
Asked about demands of Kurien's resignation by various parties, he said that there is no one’s view on it and while one party is seeking his resignation, the other says it is not required.

While Left and subsequently the BJP under pressure from its state unit are demanding Kurien's resignation, Samajwadi Party opposed it saying a two-decade-old case settled by courts cannot be raked up against a person.

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