Court notice to Kurien after fresh petition

Idukki (Kerala), March 27 (IANS) Accepting a petition by the Suryanelli sex case victim, a district court Wednesday ordered that notice be served on Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson P.J. Kurien and four others, including the Kerala government.

The Idukki court also posted the case for May 29 and asked all those, who would be served notice, to be present in the court.
The victim approached the court after her petition was not admitted in a lower court in the district earlier this month. She has demanded further probe into the case.
The Peerumedu first class magistrate court March 2 pointed out that it had once considered the case and hence could not take it up again.
Kurien’s name never appeared in the list of accused and in the late 1990s, after a special court found more than 42 people guilty in the case, the victim filed a private complaint against him in a court in Idukki claiming that he had exploited her at a guest house in the district.
He got a discharge in the case from the Supreme Court in the petition.
The sex scandal took place in Suryanelli in Idukki January 1996, when the then 16-year-old was threatened, abducted and abused by a bus conductor and was later confined and sexually assaulted by 42 men for 45 days.
The case returned to the spotlight after the apex court ordered a retrial Jan 31 while setting aside the acquittal in 2005 by the Kerala High Court of all but one of the 35 accused convicted by a special court.