Idukki: In a fresh trouble for Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, a Kerala district court on Wednesday sent a notice to him along with four others in connection with the Suryanelli gang-rape case. The notice was sent after a fresh petition was filed by the Suriyanelli rape victim demanding Kurien be made an accused.

The Thodupuzha sessions court Judge, Abraham Mathew, admitted the plea and issued notices to Dharmarajan, a prime accused in the case, along with two other accused Jamal and Unnikrishnan and the state government. The court will now review the petition on May 29.

The petition was filed by the victim challenging the dismissal of her earlier complaint filed before the Peermedu Judicial First Class Magistrate court seeking further investigation into the 'involvement' of Kurien in the case.

The victim's advocate also produced before the court the 'revelations' made by Dharmarajan to a regional news channel that he had escorted Kurien to a guesthouse on February 19, 1996 where the girl was allegedly sexually exploited. The victim had filed a complaint before the Peermedu court on March 1 against Kurien on the basis of Dharmarjan's revelations. In February the victim had filed a complaint in a police station at Kottayam against Kurien, seeking that he be made an accused in the case. That complaint was not registered.
The case relates to the victim hailing from Suryanelli in Idukki district of Kerala being abducted in January 1996 and transported to various places and sexually exploited by over 40 persons. Though she had named Kurien as one among those who had exploited her, he was not made an accused in the case.


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