Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State unit president V. Muraleedharan on Tuesday said an impartial re-investigation should be ordered into the involvement of Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha P.J. Kurien in the Suryanelli sex scandal.

He told the media that the investigation should also cover the role, if any, of Siby Mathews, who investigated the case earlier, leading to dropping of charges against Mr. Kurien. Mr. Muraleedharan alleged that Mr. Mathews had altered the statement made by K.S. Rajan, now the State secretary of the BJP, about having seen Mr. Kurien in Thiruvalla.

In his investigation report, Mr. Mathews had quoted Mr. Rajan as saying that he had seen Mr. Kurien in Thiruvalla at 7 p.m. Mr. Rajan, who came to know of it only now, had stated that he had seen Mr. Kurien around 5 p.m. and not 7 p.m. A housewife, who had seen Mr. Kurien in Thiruvalla, too had said that he was not there till 7 p.m.

Asked how Mr. Kurien would have reached Kumily before 7 p.m. when he was alleged to have abused the girl, Mr. Muraleedhran said that the matter needed to be investigated (not withstanding the fact that Kumily was more than 100 km by road from Thiruvalla). The time mentioned by Mr. Rajan was not exact; he could have seen Mr. Kurien between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., or for that matter, between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., he said.

A section in the CPI(M) as well as in the Congress had tried to save Mr. Kurien. Evidence was suppressed to save him and false evidence was created to create alibi, Mr. Muraleedharan said.

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