Suryanelli rape case: CPM women's wing ramps up pressure on Kurien to quit

P J Kurien

"And I was really struck by her immense courage and the fact that she has fought for justice for 17 years because as you know the Kerala High Court in a most perverse judgement had overturned the findings in judgement of the lower court and had freed all the accused, had acquitted them. And it took the Supreme Court over 10 years to re-look at the case and send the case back to the High Court after strongly criticising the High Court judgement," she added.

Kurien earlier on Tuesday rubbished all allegations being levelled against him in connection with this case, and alleged that the CPI-M had raised it to gain political mileage in the upcoming polls as they had done in the past.

"There is political conspiracy from the left parties because parliament election is there and they can use it. When they first raised the allegations, it was 1996 elections, immediately before the elections. After the inquiry, they dropped it and again it was raised immediately before the 1999 elections as a private complaint," Kurien told media in Thiruvanthapuram.

"All the witnesses have been questioned thrice by three inquires. They have given their statements. If they have changed you better go and ask them why they changed it today after 17 years," he added, while claiming his innocence.

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