Suryanelli rape case gets murkier, BJP leader to sue probe officer
Kozhikode, Feb 8 : In yet another blow to Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson P J Kurien, embroiled in the 1996 Suryanelli rape case, Bharatiya Janata Party leader K S Rajan today threatened to sue Kerala Chief Information Commissioner Sibi Mathews for 'distorting' his version apparently to protect the former from the infamous case.
Talking to reporters here then BJP Alappuza district Secretary Rajan, now state secretary, said he met Mr Kurien in the house of Idicula at 1700 hrs on February 1996, the day of the incident.
However, Mr Mathews, who headed the probe, changed the time of the meeting at 1900 hrs, on the basis of which Kurien was dropped from the investigation.
He said necessary legal notice would be served to Mr Mathews for changing his statement aimed at fraudulent intention.
Disputing central leadership's 'lenient attitude' towards Mr Kurien, BJP in the State today reiterated its demand for a re-probe into the case after removing Mr Kurien from the post.
Stating Mr Kurien "has no moral right to continue in office in the wake of recent Supreme Court order to reinvestigate the case," BJP state President V Muraleedhran told reporters here that his party was firm on its demand.
The party central leadership had adopted a divergent view stating Mr Kurien need not resign in the wake of fresh controversy in the case.
Talking to reporters in New Delhi on February 5, senior leader Murali Manohar Joshi had said he need to resign only if the court verdict goes against him.