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PC seeks to steer clear of Suryanelli gangrape case

Posted on Feb 05, 02:59PM | UNI

New Delhi, Feb 4 : The Government today sought to steer clear of the controversy regarding alleged involvement of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien in the Suryanelli gangrape case stating that Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had clarified on the issue.

Replying to a question about the victim writing to the Chief Minister dragging Kurien's name into the episode, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said Mr Chandy had already replied on the issue quoting the orders of the Supreme Court and Kerala High Court.

Mr Chandy had defended the Deputy Chairman dubbing the moves against him as 'unfortunate'.

The victim had faxed her petition to Mr Chandy seeking a fresh probe into the episode. The issue figured in the Kerala assembly too.

Mr Kurien interacting with a television channel in Kerala had blamed his political foes for dragging his name and has contended that he had been absolved by the Kerala High Court and the apex Court after having been investigated by four teams of police officials under the UDF and LDF Governments.