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Suryanelli rape case accused sent to jail

Posted on Feb 18, 05:14AM | UNI

Kottayam, Feb 16 : A local court sent Dharmarjan, an absconding convict in the Suryanelli gape case, to jail after he was arrested by a special team of Kerala Police from Karnataka yesterday.

He was produced before Special Court Additional District Judge S Shajahan here today who sent him to
Thiruvananthapuram Central Prison to complete the jail term as per the 2005 verdict of the Kerala High Court.

A lawyer by profession, Dharmarajan was the only accused convicted by the Kerala High Court while it cleared 34 others earlier held guilty by a special court that conducted trial in the case in the late 1990s.

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 calls, the police located his hiding place and arrested him.