Kurien Refuses to Quit Despite Fresh Heat in Rape Case
In a new twist to the Suryanelli rape case, a local BJP leader today alleged his statement was wrongly recorded by investigators benefiting Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson P K Kurien who is facing heat on the issue as protests continued with calls for his exit.

However, Kurien has virtually ruled out resignation as RS Deputy Chairman.

"I have been absolutely cleared by the highest court of the land legally and morally. To my conscience, I am an innocent person.

"Can an innocent person be asked to step down because of allegations? Stepping down would amount to making me admit myself indirectly to the crime," he told PTI when asked whether he would resign against the backdrop of a political uproar over the case.

BJP State Secretary, K S Rajan, whose testimony to the police had helped Kurien to get cleared of the charge against him levelled by the victim, told a press meet in Kozhikode that what the police submitted in the court as his statement was different from what he had actually said.

Rajan, along with whom BJP state President V Muraleedharan was also present, said he would initiate legal action against former ADGP Sibi Mathews who had headed the team that probed the 1996 case.

He alleged Mathews, now Chief Information Commissioner in the state, had altered the time at which he had seen Kurien, as mentioned in his statement, in Tiruvalla at the house of one Idikkula on the day he had allegedly molested the girl in a guest house at Kumali in Idukki district.

While the youth and women outfits of the Left and the BJP kept up their protests demanding Kurien's resignation and re-investigation into his alleged involvement in the case, the state leadership of Congress rallied behind Kurien once again denouncing the campaign against him.

BJP's women wing Mahila Morcha members marched to Kurien's residence at Vennikkulam in Pathanamthitta District demanding his removal from the Rajya Sabha post. 

State BJP leaders, who joined the clamour for Kurien's resignation right from the day the victim reiterated her charge last week, said they were confident that the party's national leadership would not shield Kurien by taking a sharply divergent stand from that of Kerala unit.

KPCC President Ramesh Chennithala affirmed that the party in Kerala was solidly behind Kurien who has been exonerated of the charge by the apex court.

He dubbed the campaign unleashed by CPI(M) as a "mere political gimmick" as they are "devoid of other issues."

"The state leadership sill remains solidly behind Kurien. Congress and UDF coalition will resist the campaign against him," Chennithala said in Kottayam.

The case related to sexual exploitation of the girl from Suryanelli in Idukki district by different persons in January, 1996 after she was abducted and transported from place to place across Kerala and sexually exploited by different persons.

Kurien's name figured again in connection with the case after the victim wrote to her advocate on January 29 to explore the possibility of filing a review petition, seeking a fresh probe against him.

The victim's mother had yesterday petitioned Congress President Sonia Gandhi to ensure that Kurien does not chair the Rajya Sabha when the Bill on sexual violence against women comes up for debate.

CPI(M) youth outfit DYFI today wrote to Vice-President Hamid Ansari to remove Kurien as Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha before parliament begins its session later this month.

Stating this at a press meet here, DYFI National President M B Rajesh, MP, said the youth outfit would hold a march to Parliament on February 21 if Kurien did not step down on his own or is removed from the post by his party by then.

Inaugurating the march, Mahila Morcha state president Sobha Surendran urged Defence Minister A K Antony to clarify his stand on the repeated assertion of the victim that Kurien was involved in the case.

"We are keen to hear the moral position of Antony on the issue," she said.

The Mahila Morcha leader also demanded that Kurien be subjected to scientific examination to bring out the truth in the light of the charge against him by the victim.

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2/D-74
Mar 27, 2013
05:19 PM

''Suryanelli rape case: Kerala court issues notice to PJ Kurien
Published: Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013, 15:12 IST

In a setback for Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, a court in Kerala today ordered issue of notice to him on a criminal revision petition filed by the Suryanelli rape victim.

The Thodupuzha sessions court Judge, Abraham Mathew, admitted the plea and issued notices to Dharmarajan, a prime accused in the case, and two other accused Jamal and Unnikrishnan and the state government.

The victim's advocates also produced before the court the 'revelations' made by Dharmarajan to a television channel shortly before his arrest recently after he had jumped bail, that he had escorted Kurien to a guesthouse on Feb 19, 1996 where the girl was allegedly sexually exploited.

The petition has been posted to May 29.''

www.dnaindia.com/india/report_suryanelli-rape-case-kerala-court-issues-notice-to-pj-kurien_1816177

Let us see what Moral stand Congress takes upon this case !

a k ghai, mumbai
1/D-167
Feb 08, 2013
10:56 PM

It was a bolt from the blue for Sri.Kurien,allegedly implicated in decades old Suriyanelli's rape case ,  for what the can of worms was opened in the light of  SC's ordering a fresh trial of all the 35 accused acquited earlier by HC. It has not only brought a whiff of air for the victim,  but also triggered public protests in the streets. It is not uncommon that political leaders are mired in some charges of economic offences or other. However the charges of rape staring at the  leaders assume  serious ethical, social , cultural, and moral dimensions and any bid to sweep dirt under carpet, would boomerang inviting public outrage and disgust as in the present case. In such a setting, how the political tides would favour or turn against the vice chairman of RS is too premature to infer. A fresh re-trial conducted in the light of SC's guidelines  may identify the felons whom the strong arms of law could hardly afford to leave with impunity.  However, the Moral propriety warrants those under the legal scanner to  relinquish the office they hold to facilitate fair and free trial which Sri.Kurien hardly displays,thus demeaning the political values. Now all eyes are set on the next move of congress party, in the wake of letter shot off to the chairperson of NDA by the mother of the victim. Whether at all  Soniaji would recapitulate and act on her earlier assurances given to the protestors against Delhi gang rape that their voices would be heard, is yet to be seen. The congress party's credibility hinges on Soniaji's move as further continuance of Kurien's office will be viewed  as a mockery of political morality, which the ruling party claims high ground of.   

C.Chandrasekaran, Madurai
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