Suryanelli: Kurien meets Sonia Gandhi

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 13:01 hrs

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, who is facing protests in Kerala over the Suryanelli gangrape case, on Thursday met Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi here.

Kurien reportedly met Gandhi to explain the charges of rape levelled against him.

Kurien on Tuesday wrote to Gandhi and said the allegations levelled against him are political vendetta.

"Caught with allegations in the Suryanelli gangrape case, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien has written to Congress President Sonia Gandhi. He has said that the allegations on him in the Suryanelli gangrape case are political vendetta," CNN-IBN reported.

He also wrote to Vice President Hamid Ansari on the issue, reports said.

The rape victim earlier said she was not forced by anyone to take Kurien´s name in the case.

"I have been repeatedly telling the police from the beginning that PJ Kurien raped me in the Kumli Guest House. Nobody has forced me to take his name, neither any association nor any politician," she told NDTV.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has already rejected re-investigation into the case.

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

The Supreme Court had set aside order given by the Kerala High Court where it acquitted 35 accused in connection with 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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