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Suryanelli rape case : Kurien meets Sonia, resignation likely

New Delhi, Feb 15 (): Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, who is facing allegations in the Suryanelli rape case, met Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday and is believed to have clarified his stand.

Speculations were running high, assuming the party to have demanded Mr Kurien to resign his post, after his meeting with Sonia Gandhi yesterday morning, which were categorically denied by Kurien’s close associates claiming that there was no such move at the moment.

However, chances of Mr Kurien continuing as Deputy Chairman of the Upper House appear to be slim, after a section of members from Kerala Congress feel that the resignation of Mr Kurien is likely to come any time.

When asked by reporters about his meeting with Sonia Gandhi, Kurien said that he would not prefer sharing anything with the media. Kurien also met Vice President Hamid Ansari and has clarified his stand about how he is being made the victim of political conspiracy, after being declared innocent by the court.

Kurien yesterday refused to resign saying that the allegations against him are totally false and he is being made the target by his political opponent. Responding to the ongoing controversy, Kurien replied that there is nothing new in the allegation made against him, which was once inquired and dismissed by the court.  He also added that he had been already declared by the court as innocent.

With hardly a week left for the budget session in Parliament in which discussions will be held on the recently introduced anti-rape laws, and after the rape allegation against Mr Kurein who is   the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, he cannot be considered the right person to chair the debate on the safety of women.

In 1996, a seventeen-year old girl was raped in Kerala and Tamil Nadu by 32 men for 40 days, in which the girl pointed at Mr Kurien to be one among the 32 men.