Court clean chit for Kurien

Idukki (Kerala): A court here has dismissed a review petition filed by the victim in the Suryanelli sex case seeking the inclusion of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien as an accused in the case.

The Thodupuzha sessions court said there was nothing new in the petition and all aspects had been looked into earlier.

The woman approached the court after her petition was not admitted in a lower court in Idukki district in March.

The sex scandal took place at Suryanelli in Idukki district in January 1996, when the then 16-year-old was allegedly threatened, abducted and abused by a bus conductor and was later confined and sexually assaulted for 45 days by 42 men.

The 1996 case came into focus recently after the apex court invalidated the Kerala High Court’s verdict acquitting 35 accused. (Agencies)

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