Suryanelli: Plea against Kurien rejected
Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 2 : A Kerala court on Saturday rejected the victim's plea that Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien should be reinvestigated in the Suryanelli gangrape case.
Rejecting the plea, the court said there were no fresh evidences that showed the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman was involved in the case.
The Kerala High Court on Feb 25 adjourned the hearing of bail pleas of 17 accused in the Suryanelli gangrape case till Mar 4.
The Centre on Tuesday defended Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien in connection to theSuryanelli gangrape case and said 'no evidence' was found against him.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said the Supreme Court had earlier exonerated Kurien in the case.
"No evidence against Kurien in Suryanelli case," Nath said in the Parliament on Tuesday.
The rape victim in her letter on Jan 29 said Kurien along with other accused in the case had raped her in the Kumily panchayat guest house in Kerala.
She also filed a police complaint against Kurien on Feb 22, reports said.
The Supreme Court however had cleared the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman in the case.
The Suryanelli rape case is concerned with a 16-year-old girl who was raped by 42 men for 40 days in 1996 in the state.