Rape victim wants Cong leader probed

Rape victim wants Cong leader probed

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 the statement of the victim.

Mathews said police had examined the tour details of Kurian (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 Kurian 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 Kurian 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 Kurian in the case was taken in the presence of Nayanar. Everything can be examined again," said Mathews.

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

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