Kerala CM defends Kurien in Suryanelli case
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 2 : Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today termed as 'unfortunate and painful' the attempt by the victim of the Suryanelli sex scandal case to implicate Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien in the case.
Talking to mediapersons here, the Chief Minister said the victim was only repeating the allegations that she had levelled some 17 years ago. All the allegations were probed that time itself and Mr Kurien was found innocent.
Stating that it was not fair to politicise a sex scandal, he said law would take its own course.
The Chief Minister was responding to reports that the victims had written to her counsel at Supreme Court to explore the possibilities of arraigning Mr Kurien too as an accused in the case. The apex court on Thursday had set aside Kerala High Court's order acquitting 35 accused in the case.
The letter said that every investigating officer was told that Mr Kurien had allegedly assaulted her along with others at a guest house in Kumali in Idukki. But after the probe they had not charge-sheeted him in the case and hence, she had filed a private complaint at the judicial magistrate court at Peerumedu in Idukki. He moved the High Court to quash the proceeding, which was dismissed. However, the Supreme Court admitted his petition and quashed all the further proceedings.
In a news conference here, Leader of the Opposition in the Kerala Assembly V S Achuthanandan said the Chief Minister's statement defending Mr Kurien was highly unfortunate. The Chief Minister, who was supposed to act impartially, should not have come out with such a statement.
Mr Achuthanandan sought the resignation of Mr Kurien as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman in the wake of the allegations by the sex scandal case victim. The Government should take a stand favourable for a reinvestigation into the case.