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Suryanelli rape case convict sent to jail

Posted on Feb 18, 05:14AM | UNI

Kochi, Feb 16 : Kottayam District and Sessions Judge sent Dharmarjan, the third accused and the only man among a group of 35 people who was convicted in the Suryanelli rape case, to sub-jail in Kottayam today.

Dharmarajan, a lawyer by profession, had been absconding since 2005 after obtaining bail in the case.

He was arrested by a special team of the Kerala police yesterday from Karnataka and brought to Kottayam in the morning.

He was produced before the special judge who sent him to the sub-jail.

Tomorrow, he would be shifted to Poojappura Central Jail to complete the tenure of his punishment in the case.

In 2005, the Kerala High Court had acquitted 34 men in the 1996 rape case of a 16-year-old school girl who belonged to Suryanelli in Kerala.

Dharmarajan was sentenced to five years in prison and was granted bail after which he went underground.

Recently, while talking to a TV Channel from an undisclosed location in Karnataka earlier this week, he claimed that Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson P J Kurien was actually involved in the 1996 gang rape case as he had taken Mr Kurien in his own car to Kumili, where the girl was kept in confinement and raped.

This revelation by him forced the Kerala Government to constitute a special team to nab Dharmarajan. After tracing his mobile phone, the police located his hiding place and arrested him.