Thiruvananthapuram: A case was filed against 111 people on Monday for defamatory remarks against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien on Facebook over the Suryanelli gangrape case. Bindu Krishna, a Mahila Congress leader in Kerala, had filed a complaint with the cyber cell of the Kerala Police against the defamatory comments. She alleged that most of the comments were against her as she had backed Kurien.
Reportedly one person had posted a status against Kurien and 110 people had shared it. The police have booked them under Section 66 A that pertains to sending messages, which is offensive, menacing and causing annoyance by may of a computer-related device.
When contacted, Krishna said she had submitted the complaint to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who forwarded it to the Cyber cell for investigation. Krishna said she was only stating the party stand on Kurien issue, but the comments that appeared in the social media were "highly defamatory" with a view to "tarnishing" her image as a woman.
"As per the information available so far, the comments were posted from a fake ID and police were trying to trace their origin. Police are in contact with Facebook authorities," Krishna told PTI here.
The comments were noticed on February 4 and by then itself more 140 people were found to have shared them, she said.
Kurien is not an accused in the case. Two days ago, the rape survivor had lodged a police complaint insisting that Kurien be made accused.
The complaint lodged at Chingavanam police station also sought that Dharmarajan, an absconding convict who had jumped bail in the case and was arrested recently from Karnataka, and two other persons - Unnikrishnan and Jamal, be also arraigned as accused.
According to the complainant, Dharmarajan had told a television channel that he had accompanied Kurien to Kumily rest house in his car on February 19, 1996 where the girl was sexually exploited. The girl and her parents had come to the police station to file the complaint. The Assistant Sub-Inspector accepted the complaint but refused to register the case saying the Sub-Inspector was not present, the survivor's counsel Anila George said.
So far, there is no police case or FIR against Kurien.
With additional information from PTI
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