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Posted on Feb 12, 11:13AM | UNI
Kozhikode, Feb 11 : Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien was involved in the Suryanelli sex scam, Dharmarajan, who was awarded a 5-year imprisonment in the case dating back to 1996, alleged today.
Dharmarajan, who jumped bail and was hiding in Mysore, Karnataka, told private channel Mathrubhumi News this morning that Prof. Kurien had spent half-an-hour with the 16-year schoolgirl on February 19.
He claimed that he had taken Mr Kurien in his car to Kumali Guest House to facilitate the meeting with the girl. Mr Kurien had reached Kumali from Vandipperiyar, Dharmarajan, who is running a coffee plantation in Mysore, said
Cheriyan, Unni and Jamal accompanied them in the car, Dharmarajan said he had not mentioned Kurien's name earlier as directed by Chief Information Commissioner Sibi Mathews, who had headed the probe team. However, another probe officer K K Joshua had asked him to name him, he said.
Referring to the statement of Nair Service Society General Secretary G Sukumaran Nair that Mr Kurien was in Perunna, the headquarters of the NSS, at that time, he said it was a lie.
The Congress leader was not subjected to identification parade as he was an influential person, he added. Mr Kurien, however, dismissed the allegations and said the utterances of a convicted person need not be taken at face
value. If Dharmarajan had anything to say, he could have said it in court, he added.
The girl's father said God had made Dharmarajan finally come out with the truth. Mr Sibi Mathews said Dharmarajan was merely trying to create confusion. He was given every opportunity to present his case during the trial. Why did he not reveal it at that time. Such allegations being made after 17 years have no meaning. Mr Joshua said he did not want to react to such allegations.
Dharmarajan, on his part, told the TV channel that during her 40-day stay at different places the girl had ample chances to escape. However, she had not apparently made any attempt.
Expressing regret for his involvement in the rape case, he said the incident and related development had spoilt his life.
A fresh controversy had raked up with many women's organisations and political parties demanding resignation of Mr Kurien from the constitutional post in the wake of Supreme Court recently ordering a fresh probe into the case after declaring the Kerala High Court verdict acquitting all, except one, namely Dharmarajan, null and void.