Protests inside, outside Kerala Assembly against Kurien's role in rape case

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb. 7 (ANI): The CPI-M led LDF on Thursday raised the issue of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P. J. Kurien in connection with the Suryanelli rape case both inside and outside the state Assembly, forcing an adjournment of the house.

LDF members accused the Congress-led UDF government of trying to avoid further investigation in the 1996 case.

They first walked out of the house and later disrupted proceedings.

Members belonging to the Students Federation of India protested against Kurien outside the Kerala Assembly on Thursday.

The Suryanelli rape case is 17 years old, it is shameful. We are demanding justice in light of the new evidence," said JD (S) MLA from Kovalam, Jameela Prakasham.

Rejecting the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)'s demand for his resignation over alleged involvement in Suryanelli rape case, Kurien on Wednesday said that the demand for a reinvestigation into the case is a political conspiracy against him.

Reacting to the CPI-M's demand of a reinvestigation into the 1996 case, he said: "If the allegations were new and inquiry were in progress, then the question of resignation is relevant. But the allegations levelled are already a settled matter and the Supreme Court has given a final order in case. It is political conspiracy by CPI-M to gain political benefits."

Earlier on Wedneday, CPI-M leader Brinda Karat demanded a reinvestigation in the case and asked Kurien to step down from his office.

According to media reports, Kurien's name figured again in connection with the case after the victim wrote to her advocate in Delhi to explore the possibility of filing a review petition, seeking a fresh probe against the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman.

A total of 42 men were accused of raping the 16-year-old girl, who hailed from Suryanelli in Kerala's Idukki District. Brutally raped for 45 days, she was then told by the perpetrators to return home and keep mum. (ANI)

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