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Posted on Feb 08, 09:51AM | UNI
New Delhi, Feb 7 : Continuing to adopt a 'wait and watch' approach on allegations against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson P J Kurien by the victim of the Suryanelli gangrape case, the Congress today said there was a need to wait for the final order of the court before taking a view in the matter.
Talking to reporters here, AICC spokesperson Rashid Alvi said,''it is our policy that we never comment on a matter that is subjudice. The matter is pending in the court. Let us wait
for the final order of the court in the case before taking a view in the matter.''
In an apparent defence of Dr Kurien, the Congress spokesperson said the the High court as well as the Supreme Court had given a clean chit to Dr Kurien.
''The High Court as well as the Supreme Court have already given a clean chit to Mr Kurien,'' Mr Alvi said.
In the case, which pertained to allegations by a girl from Suryanelli in Idukki district of Kerala that she was abducted in January 1996 and transported from place to place across Kerala and sexually exploited by different people, the Kerala High
court and the Supreme Court have given a clean chit to Dr Kurien.
However, in a fresh development, the girl had reiterated her allegations against Dr Kurien.
The LDF and various women's organisations have demanded Dr Kurien's resignation.
Asked for the party's response on a letter written by the mother of the girl to Congress president Sonia Gandhi asking her to remove Dr Kurien from the post of Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, Mr Alvi said he did not have any information about
the said letter.
''I have no information about the letter,''Mr Alvi said.