New Delhi: The government yesterday came out in defence of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien in the 1996 Suryanelli rape case with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath asserting that inquiries had cleared him of charges. The minister said the allegations against Kurien might be politically motivated.
“A section of media and some political members have sought to drag Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Kurien into a rape case. It has emphatically been stated that he has never been an accused in the Suryanelli rape case,” Kamal Nath said, making a statement in the Rajya Sabha.
As soon as the minister stood up to defend Kurien, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury said it would be unfair for the government to defend the deputy chairman since it would affect “independence of legislature”. The objection was overruled by Rajya Sabha Chairman M Hamid Ansari, after which Kamal Nath gave details of the series of events and said it was proved that Kurien could not have been physically present at the place of the incident. IANS