KOZHIKODE: In yet another blow to Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson P J Kurien, embroiled in the 1996 Suryanelli rape case, BJP leader K S Rajan Friday threatened to sue Chief Information Commissioner Siby Mathews for 'distorting' his version apparently to protect the former from the infamous scam.
Talking to reporters here then BJP Alappuzha district secretary Rajan, now state secretary, said he met Kurien in the house of Idicula at 5 pm in February 1996, the day of the incident. However, Mathews, who headed the probe, changed the time of the meeting at 7 pm, on the basis of which Kurien was dropped from the investigation. He said necessary legal notice would be served to Mathews for changing his statement aimed at fraudulent intention. Disputing central leadership lenient attitude towards Kurien, BJP in the state reiterated its demand for a re-probe into the case after removing Kurien from the post.
Stating Kurien has no moral right to continue in office in the wake of recent Supreme Court order to reinvestigate the case, he, BJP state President V Muraleedhran told reporters here that his party was firm on its demand. The party central leadership had adopted a divergent view stating Kurien need not resign in the wake of fresh controversy in the case. Talking to reporters in New Delhi on February 5, senior leader Murali Manohar Joshi had said he needs to resign only if the court verdict goes against him.