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Feb 11, 2013 at 02:19pm IST

PJ Kurien was never made a part of identification parade, claims convict

Thiruvananthapuram: In what may spell serious trouble for Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, one of the convicts in the Suryanelli gangrape case has claimed that he was actually involved in the case. The third convict in the case SS Dharmarajan made the revelation while speaking to a local television channel from an undisclosed location in Mysore.

Dharmarajan said that he had taken PJ Kurien in his own car to Kumili, where the girl was kept in confinement and raped. He claimed that the police did not record Kurien's name despite him telling them and that the then investigation officer Sibi Matthews asked him not to take Kurien's name. He also claimed that Kurien had been kept away from the identification parade. The revelations by the convict lead one to believe that the investigations into the case at some point were derailed.

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Dharamarajan had been serving jail term after being convicted in the case. However, he jumped parole and is absconding now.

What has puzzled everyone, however, is why Dharmarajan has chosen to make the revelations now and not when the trial was going on.

Meanwhile, on Monday, protests were staged outside the Kerala Assembly demanding Kurien's removal. The police had to fire teargas shells to quell the protests.

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