New Delhi: There has been a dramatic twist in the 1996 Suryanelli rape case in which Deputy Rajya Sabha Chairman PJ Kurien has been implicated. KS Rajan, a key witness whose testimony was key to Kurien's acquittal, has now retracted his statement. Rajan has now said that his statement that placed Kurien away from the scene of the rape was not recorded correctly. 'My friends took me to the bank and very casually asked if I had not met him there or not on that day. I said yes, which is all I said, nothing to protect him,' Rajan said.