Kerala rape victim wants Cong leader probed again

NAT

Reacting to the victim's allegation that police had not looked into her complaint that Kurian had assaulted her, retired ADGP Siby Mathews, who had probed the case, said police could not probe the case blindly going by her statement.

Mathews said police had examined the tour details of Kurien (a Union minister of state in 1996 when the rape case was reported). The girl had alleged that Kurian had assaulted her at Kumali guest house. On that day Kurien had toured without police escort and he was with a friend at Thiruvalla, away from Kumali, Mathews said.

"However, special prosecutor Janardhana Kurup was against my finding. Kurup wanted to make Kurien an accused in the case. Due to the dispute, then chief minister E K Nayanar had sought a report from then Advocate-General M K Damodaran, who, after examining the case diary, ratified the police finding. The decision not to implicate Kurien in the case was taken in the presence of Nayanar. Everything can be examined again," said Mathews.

Giving a new twist to the case, retired Superintendent of Police K K Joshwa, who had been in the investigation team, alleged that Kurien's journey on the day was "mysterious." "He had travelled without police escort. There was no evidence about Kurien's whereabouts from 5 pm to 10 pm. Nair Service Society leader Sukumaran Nair had told the police that Kurien had visited him at NSS headquarters at Changanassery at 7 pm. It was based on this statement that Mathews concluded that Kurien was not involved in the scandal," he alleged.

Victim's family friend and CPM leader Suja Susan George alleged that Kurien had wriggled out of the case with the support of police, government and his Church.

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