Saturday, February 23, 2013

#Suryanelli victim seeks probe into PJ Kurien's role#

TNN | Feb 23, 2013, 04.54 AM IST


KOTTAYAM: The Suryanelli rape case victim on Friday filed a petition with Chingavanam police, seekingan investigation of the role of RajyaSabha deputy chairman P J Kurien in the case based on the recent statements of Dharmarajan, the lone convict in the earlier case.

She has named Dharmarajan, Jamal, Unnikrishnan, all accused in the earlier case, and Kurien as respondents in the petition. It was accepted by additional sub inspector K P Thomas, who was present at the station.

Kottayam SP C Rajagopal said police would register a FIR as the case was now under the consideration of the high court following the Supreme Court order and proceed on the petition only after getting legal opinion. Kochi range IG K Padmakumar also said the police had to get legal advice before proceeding with the complaint. "We need to ascertain the legal implications before dealing with the complaint," he said.

The victim says in her petition that a new crime related to the case has come to light following the recent statements of Dharmarajan to a television channel. She has sought an investigation based on the statements, which she claims have revealed a conspiracy among the four respondents. She also wants the video CD of the interview to be considered as important evidence.

The petition says she was not aware of the criminal revision petition filed by Kurien in the high court, following which he was discharged from the case. She was not made party in the revision petition and had come to know about it only recently.

The petition also says that she was forced to approach the police as her complaints were not attended by the chief minister. Besides, she maintains that she is entitled to approach a station house officer based on the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013. The victim was accompanied by her parents and legal counsel Anila George, Bhadrakumari and social activist Elizabeth Philip.
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