Kerala govt to seek legal view on Suryanelli case

The Kerala government will seek legal opinion on whether a fresh probe is required into allegations against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien in the wake of the victim in the Suryanelli gangrape case persisting with her charge, a senior minister said on Sunday.

Claiming his name was being "dragged" into the case, Kurien, a Congress leader, said he suspected that his political rivals, including some in his party, were involved in the "conspiracy" to malign him.

CPM Politburo member M A Baby, meanwhile, said it will be morally inappropriate for Kurien to continue in his post in view of the allegations levelled against him.

"Let us seek legal opinion on whether a fresh probe is required. We will consult the Advocate-General and Director-General of Prosecution. On the basis of their opinion we will take a decision," Home Minister Thiruvananchur Radhakrishnan said when asked about the demand for a probe. "My opinion is, it is morally incorrect for him to continue in the post. The national leadership of the Congress party should think about this and take a decision," Baby said.

Kurien's name figured again after the victim wrote to her advocate on January 29 to explore the possibility of filing a review petition, seeking a fresh probe against Kurien.

While maintaining that he is totally innocent, Kurien told Malayalam TV channels there was a 'conspiracy'. "I have some inferences about who are working against me.... I may disclose them at a later stage," Kurien told a channel.

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