Suryanelli: Court issues notice to Kurien

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 13:25 hrs

In a blow to Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, a Kerala court on Wednesday sent a notice to him and five others in connection to the Suryanelli gangrape case.

The court sent the notice after the victim filed a fresh petition and demanded that the Kurien should be made an accused in the case, reports said.

The court will review the case on May 29.

A Kerala court on Mar 2 rejected the victim´s plea that Kurien should be reinvestigated in the Suryanelli gangrape case.

Rejecting the plea, the court said there were no fresh evidences that showed Kurien was involved in the case.

The rape victim in her letter on Jan 29 said Kurien along with other accused in the case had raped her in the Kumily panchayat guest house in Kerala.

She also filed a police complaint against Kurien on Feb 22, reports said.

The Supreme Court however had cleared the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman in the case.

The Suryanelli rape case is concerned with a 16-year-old girl who was raped by 42 men for 40 days in 1996 in the state.

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