Vayalar Ravi's comment to woman journalist figures in House

Vayalar Ravi

An allegedly "unsavory" remark by Union Minister Vayalar Ravi to a woman journalist at Alapuzha figured in the Kerala Assembly on Tuesday with Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan raising the issue.

Seeking to play down the issue, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Ravi himself had expressed regret to the journalist when his words triggered a row.

Ravi had also conveyed to the journalist he did not mean any ill will or intend to humiliate her and he did not think his words would have been taken as an offending comment, Chandy said.

Achuthanandan said Ravi made the "unsavoury" comment to the TV channel journalist yesterday when she sought to know his reaction to the charge of the accused in the Suryanelli gangrape case against Rajya Sbaha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien.

The CPI(M) leader raised the issue while speaking on alleged police excesses on two women MLAs of LDF last week during a demonstration in front of the Assembly, demanding further investigation of Kurien's alleged involvement in the Suryanelli gangrape case.

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