Court rejects Suryanelli gang-rape victim's plea for hearing 'fresh revelations'

By A. Harikumar


PJ Kurien has been facing accusations of rape since 1996

PJ Kurien has been facing accusations of rape in relation to events dating back to 1996

A Kerala court on Saturday dismissed a private petition by the Suryanelli gang rape victim seeking a direction to the police to register a case against Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien in the light of 'fresh revelations' against him in the 1996 incident.

The first class judicial magistrate court at Peerumedu in Idukki district pointed out that the victim had filed a similar petition in the court earlier also, and on its order, the police had registered an FIR, conducted investigations and exonerated the accused.

There was no reason to admit the petition, observed the court. Though counsel of the petitioner requested that the court should hear what the victim had to say, the magistrate said the petitioner had no locus standi.

The Suryanelli victim had recently sent a petition to Kottayam district superintendent of police demanding that a case be registered against Kurien in the light of disclosure by Dharmarajan, a key accused in the case, that the Congress leader was among those who had tortured her.

The police, however, replied that according to the legal opinion received by them, a case cannot be registered against Kurien.

The victim later moved the court. The Suryanelli case was in the news recently after the Supreme Court set aside the order of the Kerala High Court exonerating 35 of the 36 accused in the case.

The apex court returned the case to the high court. According to the case details, the victim, then only 16 years old, was gang-raped by several people for nearly 40 days. 

Though she alleged that Kurien was among her tormentors, the police dismissed it. 

Meanwhile, a first class judicial magistrate court at Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday considered another plea filed by a college lecturer and activist, Udayakala, that investigations need to be held against Kurien and former DGP Siby Mathew, who headed a police team that investigated the Suryanelli.




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