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Feb 06, 2013 at 03:28pm IST

Suryanelli rape case: CPI(M) calls for PJ Kurien's resignation

New Delhi: Calls for the resignation of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien are increasing. The Opposition in Kerala, where Kurien hails from, has held demonstrations outside the state assembly asking for his resignation.

Kurien was acquitted in the 1996 Suryanelli rape case but the victim and the Opposition CPI(M) have sought a fresh probe against him. CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat said that Kurien must step down. Brinda also said there is a NEED for "reinvestigation in the case".

Meanwhile, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said, "PJ Kurien has been cleared by the court, there was nothing found against him. I do not see any point in raising the issue again."

Talking to CNN-IBN, Kurien had earlier said, "The allegations are politically motivated. The girl is putting the allegations during elections. Where is the moral ground when I went through four inquiries that cleared me. Somewhere there is some conspiracy. My party is entirely with me," Kurien said.

Demanding a thorough probe into the case, Kurien said, "I now feel there needs to be a full investigation into the conspiracy."

Troubles resurfaced for the Kerala Congressman after the Suryanelli rape survivor sent a letter to the Supreme Court last week, asking for a review of the apex court's order quashing all charges against Kurien.