Suryanelli: Ruckus in Kerala Assembly
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 4 : The Kerala Assembly witnessed ruckus on Monday as the CPI-M-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) disrupted the proceedings over the Suryanelli gangrape case.
Opposition members demanded a fresh investigation into the case as the victim stated that Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien had raped her.
State Home Minister Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan rejected the LDF's adjournment notice on the matter during Zero Hour.
Radhakrishnan said the government could not agree to the demand of re-investigating the case as the Supreme Court had dismissed the complaint against Kurien.
The opposition members went to the Well of the House and raised slogans against the government.
Speaker G Karthikeyan adjourned the House for sometime following the protests.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy earlier rejected re-investigation into the Suryanelli gangrape case.
He said all allegations levelled against Kurien have been cleared by top courts, including the Supreme Court, of the country.
He called the attacks against Kurien as 'unfortunate'.
Chandy slammed the LDF for criticising Kurien on the matter and said "some are trying to trigger a controversy over a matter' that was raised 17 years ago.
"Spelling trouble for senior Congress leader and Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha P J Kurien, the Suryanelli rape victim and her parents have asserted that Kurien had raped her," The New India Express reported.
"The rape victim also sent a letter to her advocate requesting him to explore the possibilities of filing a review petition before the Supreme Court against its earlier order exonerating Kurien from the case," the report said.
The victim in her letter on Jan 29 said Kurien along with other accused in the case had raped her in Kumily panchayat guest house in Kerala.
The Supreme Court last week set aside order given by the Kerala High Court where it acquitted 35 accused in connection with the case.
The Suryanelli rape case is concerned with a 16-year-old girl who was raped by 42 men for 40 days in 1996 in the state.