Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, facing a political storm over the Suryanelli rape case that has returned to haunt him, met Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday and explained his position.

There is speculation that Prof. Kurien has been asked to put in his papers, but sources close to him claim that there is no such move at the moment.

A section in the party, especially from the Kerala unit of the Congress, however, feels that with the latest revelations coming in, his continuance as Deputy Chairman of the Upper House of Parliament is increasingly becoming untenable.

Prof. Kurien declined to divulge what was discussed in his about 20-minute meeting with his party president. — PTI