In a major relief to Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, the Sessions Court in Thodupuzha on Saturday dismissed a petition filed by the victim in the Suryanelli sex case seeking inclusion of the Congress leader in the case.
The victim in the 17-year-old case had moved the court against Mr. Kurien based on the ‘revelation’ of the sole convict in the case Dharmarajan, who had claimed in a media interview a few months back that he had taken Mr. Kurien in a car to a guest house at Kumily where the girl was lodged.
Mr. Dharmarajan had later retracted the claim in the court through an affidavit stating he had never met Mr. Kurien and he was in an inebriated state when he made the charge through the media.
Sessions Judge Abraham Mathew in his order held that the victim’s plea for inclusion of Mr. Kurien in the sex scandal case was not maintainable.
The victim filed the private review petition on the basis of the lone convict S.S. Dharmarajan’s ‘revelation’ that he had taken Mr. Kurien to the guest house.
A few days after his interview to a channel, Mr. Dharmarajan was arrested from Karnataka after absconding for several years by jumping bail.
However, Mr. Dharmarajan had on May 28 retracted his statement in an affidavit filed before the court.
Two other accused in the case, Jamal and Unnikrishnan Nair, whom Mr. Dharmarajan had earlier claimed to be witnesses to the incident, had contested his claim.
The victim moved the sessions court after the Peerumade First Class Judicial Magistrate Court rejected her plea for a fresh inquiry in the case based on Mr. Dharmarajan’s statement.
The 1996 case came into focus recently after the Supreme Court invalidated the Kerala High Court’s verdict acquitting 35 accused in the case.
The girl from Suryanelli in Idukki district of Kerala was abducted in January 1996 and was taken from place to place across Kerala and sexually exploited by different persons.