Monday, February 25, 2013

Motorist dies in accident

NEYYATINKARA:  A motorist was killed after he was struck by a tempo. The dead has been identified as Jibumon (25). The incident happened Monday morning at Mariyappuram. The body has been shifted to the mortuary of the medical college hospital. He was the son of Appukuttan and Omana.

Indu murder case: Subhash’s bail plea rejected

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court Monday rejected the bail plea of Subhash, arrested in the murder case of Indu, a research student of NIT Kozhikode. India was killed after he pushed her off the moving train while the train was passing through Aluva Bridge. He alleges that he was trapped illegally in the case.

I’ll not interfere in Pillai-Ganesh issue, says Nair

PERUNNA: I’ll not interfere in the issue between R Balakrishna Pillai and his son Minister K B Ganesh Kumar, said NSS general secretary G Sukumaran Nair. It is the moral duty of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and KPCC chief Ramesh Chennithala to solve the issue.

We had asked them to solve the issue and will not interfere in the issue again, he said.

Murder of Payyoli Manoj: Youth to be questioned found dead

KOZHIKODE: A 24-year old youth identified as Sanal Raj, a DyFI activist, directed to appear before the crime branch office for questioning in the Payyoli Manoj murder case, was knocked down by a train. He was reported missing from yesterday.

Pipe burst in Aruvikkara; Govt institutes inquiry team

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Even as the womenfolk of Thiruvananthapuram readies for the famous Attukal ponkala on Tuesday, the main pipe line supplying drinking water to the city burst around 5.30 pm on Monday forcing the state government to institute an inquiry by a four-member commission into the incident.

The pipe burst at four places in Vazhayila near Aruvikkara which prompted the authorities to temporarily stop the water supply to the city. The district collector and Water Authority officers informed the people that they should not worry as water meant for Attukal ponkala is not pumped from Aruvikkara.

The Chief Minister Oommen Chandy ordered a probe into the incident by a four-member team headed by Chief Secretary K. Jayakumar. Additional Director General of Police P. Chandrasekhar, Chief Technical Examiner of Kerala Water Authority Abraham Joseph and Chief Engineer of the Water Authority C. Supran will be the other members of the Commission. The pipeline supplying 36 million litres a day to the Attukal area had developed no fault and the two tanks fed by it had full storage.

The areas which will be affected by the pipe burst are Vellayambalam, Ulloor, Kesavadasapuram and Medical College. 50 tanker lorries have been arranged for supplying water to these areas. Chandy said that people in those areas could request water supply by dialing four telephones of the control room set up at Vellayambalam. The telephone numbers were 2322674, 9447976622, 8547638184 and 8547638181. Water tankers were being placed in advance at the Medical College Hospital.

No case can be registered against Kurien, says legal opinion

KOCHI: State director general of prosecution T Asaf Ali Monday told the state government that no case could be filed against Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien in a complaint registered by the Suryanelli sex case victim last week.

On Feb 22, the victim, along with her parents and others, approached the Chingavanam police station near Kottayam and filed a complaint against Kurien, alleging that the present deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha had sexually exploited her at a guest house in Idukki  on Feb 19, 1996.

The police accepted her complaint and offered a receipt of the complaint, but did not register a case as they were unsure whether a case could be lodged legally in the matter, given that Kurien had already been cleared of the charges in the Supreme Court.

Ali opined that there was nothing new in the complaint, and it did not merit a fresh case.

Incidentally, the Suryanelli sex case victim made the complaint after the only man convicted in the case, Dharmarajan, a lawyer by profession, claimed in an interview to a TV channel that Kurien had travelled in his car to Idukki.

Dharmarajan, a lawyer, was serving a sentence in jail in the case when he jumped bail in 2005. He had been in hiding until his arrest from near Mysore earlier this month, a little after he spoke to the TV channel.

The sex scandal took place at Suryanelli in Idukki district in January 1996. The victim, then only 16 years old, was threatened, abducted and abused by a bus conductor and was later taken from place to place and sexually assaulted for 45 days by 42 men.

The case returned to the spotlight after the Supreme Court Jan 31 ordered a retrial of the case in the Kerala High Court, setting aside the acquittal by that court in 2005 of all but Dharmarajan.

A special court had earlier convicted 35 accused.

The apex court had given the 35 accused four weeks' time to seek fresh bail; 19 of them approached the court Monday.

A division bench of the Kerala High Court posted the fresh bail application of 19 of the 35 accused for hearing March 4.

Counsel for the state government filed an affidavit, stating that they too should be heard when the court looks into the fresh bail application.

Meanwhile, Kamala Sadanandan, general secretary of the Kerala Mahila Sanghom filed a petition in the high court that a further investigation in the Suryanelli sex case should be ordered, and Kurien's role investigated.

Kurien's name never appeared in the list of accused. In the late 1990s, after the lower court found more than 42 people guilty, the victim filed a private complaint against Kurien in a court in Idukki district. In that case, Kurien was acquitted by the apex court.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

UDF Government will fall soon: Pinarayi

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said that the LDF would tie up only with Left and Democratic forces and it would not close its doors before like-minded parties in the UDF coalition.  Replying to a query on whether the LDF would try to bring down the UDF Government, during a news conference convened to explain the itinerary of the CPM campaign jatha being taken out from Kanyakumari to New Delhi, Pinarayi said that the UDF Government would fall soon owing to its own inherent weakness.  He said that the LDF was not interested in forming a government by encouraging defection. “The LDF is not in favour of resorting to parliamentary manoeuvrings to bring down a discredited government,’’ he said. When the inherent weakness of the government reaches a point it will crumble down, Pinarayi said. Asked whether it was actually decided to remove VS from the Opposition Leader’s post, Pinarayi said that for the time being the media had to be content with what VS had said about it. ‘’I am not used to discussing such organisational matters with the media’’ he said.

No untouchability in politics, says SRP

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: There is no untouchability in politics, said CPM politburo members S Ramachandran Pillai.  Former chief minister E M S Namboodiripad too had clarified about it.

Talking to a private channel, he said those who have joined the UDF quitting the LDF will return back to the parent party.

SRP said, “When they change their stand, our approach will also change. Some allied parties of the UDF have expressed dissatisfaction. This will force them to leave the front. A decision to accommodate them will be taken only after considering the attitude of each allied parties. The Left Front will welcome only those who agree the party’s stand.”

In reply to a question, he said the final decision on opposition leader V S Achuthanandan will be taken by the central committee, said SRP.

TP Murder: Wife, son to be deposed on Feb 25

KOZHIKODE: Wife and son of slain RMP leader T P Chandrasekharan would be deposed before the Additional Sessions Court, hearing the sensational murder case, on February 25.

Court sources said his father-in-law and former leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) K K Madhavan and witnesses 6 to 8 and 11 to 13 would also be deposed before Sessions Judge R Narayana Pisharoty on the same day.

Meanwhile, sub inspector Manoj, while deposing before the court today changed his version on placing the body of TP at Vatakara in the district for public view.

He said the body was placed in state for public to pay their tributes on May 5 from 2030 hrs and not as rendered yesterday.
The officer had yesterday told the court that the body was placed for public view at Vatakara from 1900 hrs.

Rebel CPI (M) leader Chandrasekharan was hacked to death by car borne assailants at Vallikkode near Vatakara in the district while he was returning home on his motor bike on May 4.

Karunakaran's image cannot be stained, says Murali

KOZHIKODE: Each time the state film awards are announced, a round of controversy follows. This time is no different, and former chief minister K Karunakaran's name has been dragged into the controversy.

Less than 24 hours after the awards were announced, Karunakaran's son K Muraleedharan lashed out at Kamal, director of Celluloid, which won the best film award this time.

"Even if a 1,000 Kamals come along, the image of Karunakaran cannot be stained. It's unfortunate that for the sake of cheap publicity for his film, the director has dragged the name of Karunakaran right into his project. Karunakaran always wanted the Malayalam film industry to thrive," a peeved Muraleedharan told reporters.

Celluloid, the film which won seven state awards this year, including the best film and best actor awards, is a period film about the Father of Malayalam Cinema, J C Daniel, who produced, directed, wrote, photographed, edited and acted in the first film made in Kerala, ‘Vigathakumaran’ (The Lost Child), in 1928.

Celluloid makes an indirect reference to Karunakaran, three-time chief minister of the state who died, aged 92, in Dec 2010. The film also refers to then senior IAS official Malayatoor Ramakrishnan. Both the men are depicted as having treated Daniel with contempt in the mid-1970s.

"Kamal is certainly a very good filmmaker, but he did what he ought not to have, for the sake of cheap publicity," said Murali.

Speaking to the media, Kamal said: "Yes, it's right that both Karunakaran (as culture minister of the state) and Ramakrishnan (who served as culture secretary) were unable to do justice to Daniel. That is well known."

Cinema Minister of the State and former actor K B Ganesh Kumar added his mite to the controversy: "In the film on Gandhi, Britishers are shown as villains. To have some drama, certain inputs are needed in a film. This matter has to be seen in that light."

The state government, in 1992, honoured Daniel by instituting the J C Daniel Award as part of the Kerala State Film Awards to honour lifetime achievement in Malayalam cinema.

As "Celluloid" hits the screens, it remains to be seen if even more Congressmen will come forward in stout defence of Karunakaran.

Mani’s PRO resigns over article issue

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Finance Minister K M Mani’s PRO, who wrote an article harshly criticizing Chief Whip P C George, has resigned from office. When contacted, he said that he is resigning as the article published in a magazine has created personal problems for Mani.

P M Binu Kumar’s article named Television New Roses has criticized George for his unsavoury remarks towards the Suryanelli victim, statements against orphans and for the derogatory remarks against the opposition.
Meantime, George has threatened to quit the vice chairman post of the party if action is not taken against him.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Suryanelli case victim files new complaint against Kurien

KOTTAYAM: The victim in the infamous Suryanelli sex case Friday filed a new complaint against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, whom she has accused of being among those who exploited her.

"Yes, she along with a lot of people arrived at the police station and has filed the complaint. We have accepted the complaint and given a receipt," said a police official attached to the Chingavanam police station where the complaint was filed. 

The victim, accompanied by her counsel and her parents, approached the Chingavanam police station as it was the closest to her residence. In her complaint, she repeated her earlier complaint that Kurien had exploited her at a guest house in Idukki on Feb 19, 1996

A sub-inspector has taken the complaint to brief Kottayam's superintendent of police. 

The sex scandal took place at Suryanelli in Idukki district January 1996, when the then 16-year-old was threatened, abducted and abused by a bus conductor and was later confined and sexually assaulted for 45 days by 42 men.

The case was back in the spotlight after the Supreme Court ordered a retrial in the case Jan 31 while setting aside the acquittal in 2005 by the Kerala High Court of all but one of the 35 accused convicted by a special court. 

Kurien's name never appeared in the list of accused. After the lower court found more than 42 people guilty in the 1990s, the victim then filed a private complaint against Kurien in a court in Idukki. He got a discharge in the case from the apex court in that petition. 

His name resurfaced when Dharmarajan, the only accused whose conviction was upheld by the high court but who had jumped bail in 2005, told a TV channel here that Kurien had travelled in his car to Idukki. Dharmarajan was arrested from neighbouring Karnataka earlier this month.

Prithviraj, Rima Kallingal bag Kerala State Film Awards

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Prithviraj and Rima Kallingal bagged the best actor and actress awards, respectively, at the Kerala State Film Awards 2012 announced here Friday.

While Prithviraj won the award for his performances in Celluloid and Ayalum Njanum Thammil, Rima got the best actress award for her performance in the film 22 Female Kottayam and Nidra.

Directed by Kamal, Celluloid, based on the life of J.C. Daniel, the pioneer of Malayalam cinema, was also adjudged the best film.

The awards were announced by state Cinema Minister K.B. Ganesh Kumar.

"This year the jury had a tough job to perform with 84 films to be seen, the highest ever entry for awards. They finished their job only today early morning at 5 a.m.," said Kumar.

Expressing his happiness, Prithviraj dedicated the award to the teams of both the films.

"I dedicate this award to all who worked with me in the films. I could do well because of the director, the scriptwriter and all others who worked behind the scenes. It is certainly a good feeling and I am delighted," said Prithviraj.

Incidentally, this is the second time that Prithviraj has won the best actor award, with the first one in 2006 for Vaasthavam.

Lal Jose got the best director award for the film Ayalum Njanum Thammil and popular comedian and character artist Salim Kumar won the best comedian award.

Vijay Yesudas, son of veteran singer K.J.Yesudas won the best male singer award, while new singer Sithara got the best female playback singer award.

Madhu Neelakantan got the best cameraman award for the film Annayum Rasoolum. Anjali Menon got the award for her script in the film Manjadikuru, which she had also directed.

M. Jayachandran won the award for best music director for Celluloid. This is the sixth time he has got the coveted honour.

Manoj K. Jayan and Sajitha Madathil bagged the best supporting actor and best supporting actress awards respectively.

The jury was chaired by yesteryear director I.V. Sasi along with popular yesteryear actress Surekha and director Sibi Malayil.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Permission in principle for Aranmula airport, says President

NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee said the centre has granted permission in principle for the Aranmula airport. Approval for the Kannur airport has been given earlier, Pranab said during President’s address marking the beginning of the budget session of the Parliament.

Other decisions are strict steps for tackling corruption, Lokpal Bill will be passed, strict punishments for sexual offence, focus on safety of women, welfare schemes for those above 80 years, village courts to be established, steps have been taken to control price rise, mid-day meal scheme to be introduced in pre-primary schools, scholarship for handicapped students, scheme for higher education in states, special scheme to mould athletes etc.

Body recovered

PALAKKAD: The body of a 32-year-old man, who was missing after his car washed away in the water currents in Tirupur was recovered Thursday. The victim has been identified as Saddique of Thrissur. The incident happened when the victim along with his friends were coming to the state from Bangalore. When all his other friends swam to safety, only Saddique was washed away.

Police attack M B Rajesh MP

NEW DELHI: Police attacked many including M B Rajesh MLA in a march staged by the DYFI to the Parliament seeking the resignation of Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson P J Kurien in the Suryanelli case. The activists’ courted arrest and were removed.

The march was staged by DYFI and SFI activists to the Parliament by around 12.30 pm. The police stopped the march by lofting the barricades and in the melee Rajesh was attacked. Rajesh said the police assaulted him in the police van also.

Case against Amrutha: Magistrate transferred

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The magistrate who directed to register a case against Amrutha Mohan, a graduate student of All Saints College, who had bashed up two eve teasers at Bakery Junction, has been transferred. Magistrate T A Ramachandran of Thiruvananthapuram CJM Court has been shifted to the mobile court.

The Kerala High Court subordinate registrar sent the order through a fax message to the CJM court. The judge in charge of the mobile court will take over as the magistrate in the CJM Court 3.

Ramachandran directed to register a case against Amrutha, her father and some of her family friends, following a petition from Anoop, who is in fact the second accused in the case registered by the police based on the complaint of her. The same magistrate had in fact directed to register a second case against her following the plea of third accused Manoj Lal.

She had been charged for causing grievous hurt and wrongfully detaining an employee of the state government.

New company instead of KSEB to start on April

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The new company set up instead of Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) will commence on April. It is named as KSEB Limited.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Blast Reported in Hyderabad 15 feared dead.

Three explosions reported in Hyderabad's Dilsukh Nagar, 15 feared killed and 50 injured
More details Awaiting........

Saturday, February 16, 2013

udent electrocuted during practical Witness collapses, hearing disrupted in TP murder case

KOZHIKODE: Hearing in the murder case of RMP leader T P Chandrasekharan, was disrupted after the witness collapsed in the court. Ramesh, the second witness collapsed after feeling uneasiness.

When he failed to answer questions, the defence counsel asked him whether he was drunk. He was immediately taken to Beach Hospital in the district and later to the medical college hospital. The hearing will continue on Tuesday.

Keralite dies in accident

ABU DHABI: A 21-year-old youth was killed in an accident in Abu Dhabi. He has been identified as Shahul Hameed, son of Muhammed and Khadeeja of Kasargod. The incident happened while he was crossing the road near Carrefour on the airport road on Thursday. He was a bachelor.

Student electrocuted during practical

KOLLAM: A plus one student was electrocuted during practical in Karunagapally. The student has been identified as Shaheem Noushad of Sree Buddha Central School in Karunagapally.

Man hacks wife’s lover to death

KONNI: Raged over his wife’s alleged illicit relationship, a man murdered his wife’s paramour.

The victim has been identified as Ponnachan alias Samuel (48). He was hacked to death in front of his wife late last night at the Peroorkkulam Junction.

The police have taken one Rajendran and his friend into custody in connection with the incident. A three-member team including Rajendran hacked Ponnachan from behind while he was closing his shop last night. Soon after the incident, they fled in a maruti car.

Rajendran and his wife Shailaja were staying on the first floor of Ponnachan’s house for years. Rajendran, a tipper lorry driver, suspected his wife having an affair with Ponnachan.  They used to fight on this issue regularly.

The couple divorced later and Shailaja was living in a house arranged by Ponnachan.  Rajendran told police that he hacked him to death as Ponnachan had ruined his life.

Suryanelli case: Dharmarajan produced in court, sent to jail

KOTTAYAM: Dharmarajan, the absconding convict in the Suryanelli gangrape case who was arrested from Karnataka, was sent to the sub-jail here by the district and sessions judge before whom he was produced today.

The third accused in the 17-year-old case, Dharmarajan was arrested yesterday by a special team of Kerala Police, three days after his interview to a Malayalam TV channel from an undisclosed location, wherein he alleged that Rajya Sabha deputy chairman PJ Kurien was involved in the case as charged by the victim.

The case pertains to the alleged abduction and rape of a 16-year-old from Suryanelli in Idukki district in 1996. She was forcibly taken to different places and allegedly raped by several men.

A special court which tried the case had in 2002 sentenced Dharmarajan to life imprisonment and 35 others to varying terms. The high court, however, acquitted the 35 people while remitting the life sentence of Dharmarajan to five years in 2005. He secured bail to file an appeal the same year but has been absconding since then.

Kurien is not part of the 35 accused but the victim had filed a private complaint later accusing him also of involvement in the sexual assault. However, Supreme Court had allowed a discharge petition by Kurien.

His name figured again in connection with the case recently after the victim wrote to her advocate to explore the possibility of filing a review petition in the Supreme Court, seeking a fresh probe against him. Kurien has maintained he has been cleared of the charges by the apex court. Dharmarajan, in his TV interview, had claimed that the principal investigator in the case had pressured him not to mention about Kurien's involvement in the case.

Kurien, however, rubbished Dharmarajan's charge, holding that the statement of a convict has no legal validity.

Achuthanandan visits family of Suryanelli gang-rape victim

KOTTAYAM: CPI-M veteran and Opposition leader in the Kerala Assembly VS Achuthanandan on Saturday called on the family of the Suryanelli sex case victim at her home near here.

After a brief visit, Achuthanandan told reporters that if necessary he would extend all possible help to the family in pursuing the case legally.

Asked if he would move the court for a re-investigation against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien in the wake of the victim's new revelation, Achuthanandan said it would be decided in consultation with legal experts.

CPI-M led LDF Opposition had demanded a reinvestigation into Kurien's alleged involvement.

Achuthanandan, who spent about 20 minutes with the victim and her family, enquired about the health of the girl's father who has been ailing for long.

However, he said he had come to the house not to discuss the case. "I did not come to discuss the case. As for any legal steps I might take, I would first seek legal advice", he said.

The case pertains to the alleged abduction and rape of a 16-year-old from Suryanelli in Idukki district in 1996. She was forcibly taken to different places and allegedly raped by several men.

A special court which tried the case had in 2002 sentenced absconding convict Dharmarajan to life and 35 others to varying terms. The High Court, however, acquitted them while remitting Dharmarajan's life sentence to five years in 2005. He secured bail to file an appeal the same year and was absconding since then, but was arrested yesterday.

Kurien is not part of the 35 accused but the victim had filed a private complaint later accusing him also of involvement in the sexual assault. However, Supreme Court had allowed a discharge petition by Kurien.

His name figured again in connection with the case recently after the victim wrote to her lawyer to explore the possibility of filing a review petition in the Supreme Court, seeking a fresh probe against him. Kurien has maintained he has been cleared of the charges by the Apex Court.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Aditya Varma to represent Travancore royal family

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Wednesday rejected amicus curiae Gopal Subramanyam’s directive to appoint Aditya Varma as the CEO of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

The court rejected it as the royal family was against it. Instead the bench chaired by Justice R M Lodha approved the instruction to appoint him as the representative of the Travancore royal family.

The court directed the government and the royal family to clean the Padmatheertham which is in a deplorable state within a month. Steps should be taken to strengthen the vaults of the temple. The court has asked to complete the evaluation of the riches containing in the vaults.

Two Keralites killed in Abu Dhabi

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  Two Keralites were killed in an accident in Abu Dhabi. They have been identified as Tahir (28) of Payyanur in Kannur and Deepu (22) of the capital city.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Karat rejects report on politburo meet

NEW DELHI: CPM general secretary Prakash Karat rejected the reports on the immediate politburo meet to be convened to discuss the removal of V S Achuthanandan from the post of opposition leader.

The news that a politburo will be convened is only media created, he said.  A decision has been taken to convene the politburo later as agitational programmes are being conducted at the national level.

Lover held for sexually assaulting minor

PUTHUR: The Kottarakkara police took into custody the minor’s lover, who sexually harassed her and left her at the KSRTC Bus Stand after the heinous crime.  The arrested has been identified as Rajesh (21) of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu. The girl too belongs to the same place.

Rajesh told police that he had sexually harassed her earlier also and there is nothing new in the incident.  The question arises how the girl reached Kottarakkara.  The Kerala police has handed the case over to Tamil Nadu police.

Students, legislators demand reinvestigation of rape charges against Kurien

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  Students and legislators took to the streets in Kerala and faced the brunt of water cannons on Monday, as they demanded the state government to reopen the investigation against Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha P J Kurien, who is accused of sexual assault in a 17 year-old case.

The victim of the 1996 case wrote to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, accusing Kurien as one of her tormentors and sought reinvestigation of Kurien's role in the case in wake of an apex Court order.

Recently, the apex court set aside the judgment of the Kerala High Court in the case, which had acquitted all but one of the 36 suspects.

The protesters, which included members of the Student Federation of India (SFI) and legislators, shouted slogans outside the state assembly, only to be dispersed by the police water cannon.

"We are demanding that the new information is coming out so the government must re-investigate the case. That is our demand. But the government is handling is situation politically and they are using police. They are using police on the agitating youth and the agitating women," said V S Sunil Kumar, legislator for the Communist Party of India (CPI).

Kurien had alleged on Tuesday (February 05) that the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) had raised the issue to gain political mileage in the upcoming polls.

The deputy chairman claimed that he was acquitted in three inquires and by the Supreme Court six years ago.

The victim, a native of Suryanelli in Idukki, was abducted and raped by different people for around 40 days.

Kurien sexually harassed Suryanelli victim, says Dharmarajan

MYSORE: Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien had sexually harassed the Suryanelli victim, said third accused Dharmarajan.  

In an interview to a private channel, he said that it was in his ambassador car Kurien was taken to Kumili Guest house.

Dharmarajan said the naming of one Baji by the Suryanelli victim is another person and not Kurien. The investigating official Siby Mathews had requested us not to reveal Kurien’s name, but I had mentioned his name.

Another investigating official K K Joshua had asked me to reveal his name. Why should I lie, asked Dharmarajan during the interview. Identification parade was conducted on all the accused except Kurien, he said.

Dharmarajan is the only accused convicted in the case. He had gone underground after getting bail. 

CPI (M) State Committee to remove VS from office

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The CPI (M) State Committee on Monday decided to remove Opposition Leader V.S. Achuthanandan from office. A resolution concerning this would be sent to the Politburo and party’s Central Committee for consideration.

The decision was taken at a special session of the party State Committee. Achuthanandan, however, did not attend the meeting.

The main agenda of the meeting was discussion of the recent controversy triggered by opposition leader V S Achuthanandan through a press conference and channel interview.

Achuthanandan in a recent interview to a Malayalam TV channel had said he was dropped from the politburo a few years ago for telling the truth about a corruption case in which CPI (M) State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan was facing probe.

Achuthanandan was referring to his removal from the CPI (M) apex body when he was chief minister in the context of charges brought against Vijayan pertaining to a contract awarded to the Canadian company SNC Lavalin to renovate three power stations in Kerala, when the latter was electricity minister in 1997.

The resolution was presented for discussion by CPI (M) State Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan. Out of the 53 members who spoke at the meeting, 45 members harshly criticized Achuthanandan.

Pinarayi Vijayan said that Achuthanandan had sent the party a letter in which he asked not to invite him to attend the party’s state committee meetings till the next central committee meeting ends.

Suryanelli case: Kurien writes to Sonia, Ansari

NEW DELHI: Facing the heat after fresh twists in the Suryanelli rape case, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien has written to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Chairman of the Upper House, Vice President Hamid Ansari explaining his position.

Sources said he has explained his position to the party president and Ansari amid the opposition’s demand for his resignation.
He is understood to have explained in the letter the judgments of various courts, which “exonerated” him in the case.

When contacted, Kurien said he cannot speak to the media on any communication between him and the Congress president.
The lone convict in the Suryanelli rape case had on Monday alleged that Kurien was involved in it as claimed by the victim.

Dharmarajan, the convict who is absconding after obtaining bail, had told a television channel that the principal investigator in the case had pressurised him not to mention Kurien’s involvement in the case.

Kurien, however, rubbished Dharmarajan’s claim holding the statement of an accused after conviction has no legal validity.
Reacting to the charge, he said, “This is a settled position of the Supreme Court (that the statement of an accused after conviction has no legal validity).

“Secondly, every accused gets a chance to make a statement before the judge. He did not say this at that time. You (media persons) find out why he is making this claim now.”

Kurien’s colleague and Congress spokesperson P C Chacko had on Sunday said that the party will take a decision on the demand for Kurien’s removal as Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha before the Budget Session of Parliament.

However, Congress had distanced itself from Chacko’s remarks.

“Whatever Chacko has said is his personal opinion,” party spokesperson Sandip Dikshit had said.

I’ll reply on my removal, says VS

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan said there he will surely reply to the reports on his removal from the post he is holding and if needed will answer now. VS reacted at the press meet held in the media room soon after the assembly was adjourned for the day.

VS told media not to ask questions regarding his removal. When the media queried again, VS said don’t think a reply will not be obtained on it.

VS said, “If wanted, I’m ready to reply now”.

When VS was about to answer, the MLAs standing beside him pulled him away saying that it will create news.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Antony calls on VS

KOZHIKODE: Defence Minister A K Antony called on veteran CPM leader V S Achuthanandan here Sunday.

Antony met VS at the latter's room in the Government Guest House, where both the leaders are staying.

Emerging from the 10-minute long interaction, Antony described it as 'a friendly meeting' with the opposition leader in Kerala Assembly.

Antony, a former chief minister, arrived here this morning to attend various programmes, while Achuthanandan is camping in the town since yesterday.

Minor sexually assaulted

KOLLAM : A minor girl from Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu was allegedly sexually assaulted by a group of people at Kottarakkara, according to police here Sunday. The girl was admitted to the Government Taluk Hospital as her condition is said to be serious. She was left at the KSRTC Bus Stand last night after the heinous crime by the culprits.

The girl, staying with her grandmother, was brought here by one Rajesh, who involved his friends into the crime in a lodge here, the sources said. Aisha Potti, MLA (CPM) visited the girl in the hospital after the issue came to the light. The issue may be raised by the MLA in the Assembly tomorrow as it was already rocked by the Suryanelli rape case in which Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurian was allegedly involved. Soon after the LDF MLA's visit to the hospital, Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said stern action would be taken against the culprits.

Shun groupism to strengthen Congress: Antony

KOZHIKODE: Congress Working Committee member and Defence Minister A K Antony Sunday exhorted rank and file to work unitedly to strengthen the party in the country.

Talking at a Special Convention organised by the Kozhikode District Committee here, he called upon the party men to shun groupism to face rigorous challenges ahead. 'We will have to work unitedly to face challenges ahead,' he said apparently referring the coming general election in the country. Stating every party was affected by factionalism, but it was serious in nature in the Congress, he said urging faction leaders to avoid discussion on matters relating to the party publicly. He said there are appropriate fora in the party to air their grievances where they can deliberate and settle issues amicably.

Describing the Congress as the 'great wonders' of the world, he said many of its detractors had several times written obituary of the party. Without naming, he said a top political leader in the state had said that the Congress would not survive after 1967. This prediction came when the Congress, which faced setbacks throughout the country simultaneously, was able to muster only nine seats in the 1967 Assembly poll, he said.  The history proved such prediction as wrong because the party was able to tread ahead without compromising on principles based on democracy, secularism and social justice, developmental issues and correcting mistakes.

He said the party under the stewardship of All India Congress Committee President Sonia Gandhi was able to implement many development projects for the welfare of the people. It was not prepared to compromise on the issues of development despite facing economic crisis, he said, adding as part of this policy United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government was planning to introduce the Food Security Bill in the forthcoming Parliament session. The much talked about Lokpal Bill would also be introduced in the forthcoming sessions, he added. The convention was presided over by DCC President K C Abu.

Proposal to increase pension age of college teachers to 60

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The higher education council suggested a proposal to increase the pension age of government college teachers to 60 similar to the UGC package. The pension age of teachers at present is 56.

The government had obtained the proposal to increase the pension age as per the UGC criteria. But the government refused to take a decision fearing protests from all sides. The council vice president Sreenivasan said the college teachers organisations are not against increasing the pension age

Corruption in SI physical test

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: At last, corruption has crept in the physical test for the appointment of Sub Inspectors in Kerala. It is learnt that about 10 Lakh rupees is collected as bribe for letting the candidates pass the physical test, even if they fail to win the test. A racket comprising top police officers and physical trainers is behind this.  About 300 complaints have been lodged with the PSC concerning the bribery.

Suryanelli: Ex-HC judge says girl not raped

KOCHI: Stoking controversy, a former Kerala high court judge on Saturday defended his judgment acquitting 35 accused in the Suryanelli gangrape case, in which Rajya Sabha deputy chairman PJ Kurien was allegedly involved, saying the victim was used in child prostitution and not raped.

"There was ample evidence to show the girl was used for child prostitution, which is not rape," Justice R Basant, part of a two-judge bench that acquitted the accused in 2005, was shown as saying on a Malayalam TV channel.

As a controversy erupted, the judge later maintained his comments were recorded using a hidden camera. Justice Basant told PTI, he had refused to talk to the TV journalist on camera, but there was some hidden camera.

"I just walked into it. I know what I have said. All I can say, look into the judgment". He was only quoting from the judgment and it was a casual conversation, he said.

The former judge's views came under attack from women and youth outfits, which condemned them as his verdict was recently set aside by the Supreme Court, reverting the matter back to the high court.

"My response is, if anyone wants to know about the judgment, read the judgment," the retired judge said.

"If I was asked to decide the case again, I would decide the same way. Please read the judgment", he said on the TV channel.

The case pertains to the alleged abduction and rape of a 16 year-old from Suryanelli in the Idukki district in 1996. She was forcibly taken to different places and allegedly raped by several men over a period of 40 days.

In September 2000, a special court had sentenced the 35 accused to rigorous imprisonment for varying terms. However, a divsion bench of the high court comprising Justice KA Abdul Gaffoor and Justice Basant, acquitted all.

Kurien is not part of the 35 accused, but the victim had filed a private complaint later on accusing him of involvement in the sexual assault.

Kurien's name figured again in connection with the case after the victim recently wrote to her advocate to explore the possibility of filing a review petition, seeking a fresh probe against him, triggering demands for his resignation. He has maintained that he has already been cleared of the charges by the apex court.

"If you read the judgment you will know why Justice Gaffoor (the fellow judge who is no more) and me had acquitted the accused. Please read the judgment. You will know why the girl was disbelieved, how much time we took to write the judgment," Justice Basant was shown as saying on the channel.

"You should read the judgment and not say things like politicians on the platform for getting applause ... Nobody reads the judgment, you just make comments," he said.

When pointed out that the apex court had expressed "shock" on reading the HC judgment, he said those who have not read the judgment, will be shocked.

"I am not blaming her. The girl is not normal, she is deviant. All these are there in the judgment", Justice Basant said.

Women activists expressed shock at the former judge's statements. President of Anweshi, an NGO, K Ajitha said, justice Basant was an 'insult' to all judges in the country.

Another activist Suja Susan said, she was shocked with justice Basant's views.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Suryanelli: BJP central leadership supports Kurien

NEW DELHI: The BJP central leadership has come to the support of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien in the Suryanelli case. Rejecting state leadership’s attitude seeking the resignation of Kurien, they have made it clear that he need not resign in the case.

The case against Kurien is politically motivated, said party spokesman Muktar Abbas Naqvi at a press meet. In Kurien’s case, law will take its own course. The parliamentary party board will meet and take a decision as what attitude should be taken in the Parliament.

Suryanelli: I'm clean, won't quit, says Kurien

NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson and Congress MP PJ Kurien on Friday ruled out his resignation following allegations of his involvement in the 1996 Suryanelli gangrape case. Speaking to CNN-IBN Kurien said, "There is no question of stepping down from my position."

Kurien also claimed that he had never asked for any appointment from Congress President Sonia Gandhi and so there was no question of being denied. "My conscience is clear; I have nothing to worry about. The girl is being used by my political opponents to settle political scores," said Kurien. "Courts of the country have given me a clean chit. Why should I be bothered about allegations?" he added.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

P C George apologizes for derogatory remarks

TTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Whip P C George apologized for making derogatory remarks against opposition MLAs. George told the assembly that he didn’t mean to insult anybody and it came unexpectedly.

Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan through submission said that if he refuses to apologize, action should be taken against him.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that he cannot believe that George has called them ‘beggars’. If he has done it, then it is absolutely wrong and asked activists to limit words.

Expressing dissatisfaction in his reply, the opposition shouted slogans seeking action against George.

Speaker censures women MLAs

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Speaker G Karthikeyan censured four women MLAs for scaling the speaker’s dais in protest against the police action on two women MLAs. K K Lathika, Jameela Prakasham, K S Saleeka and Ayesha Potti standing beside the speaker shouted slogans seeking justice.

The MLAs have violated the rules to be followed, the speaker said. Scaling the speaker’s chair was unfortunate and termed it as disrespect to the assembly. Strict action would be taken if the action is repeated, he said.

Rauf holds talks with Pillai

KOZHIKODE: K A Rauf, controversial industrialist and co-brother of Minister P K Kunhalikutty, held talks with Kerala Congress (B) leader R Balakrishna Pillai at the Guest House here. Rauf said that he met Pillai as part of meeting other UDF leaders. He said that he is ready for a lie detector test.

Meantime, Pillai said they did not discuss the ice-cream issue and the meeting was held as per the interest of Rauf.

Suryanelli victim’s mother faxes letter to Sonia

KOTTAYAM: Suryanelli victim's mother Thursday faxed a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, stating that she was writing to a mother who also has a daughter about the same age as her own. The mother claimed that as the Rajya Sabha discussed issues related to women, it was disheartening that Kurien, her daughter's tormentor, should oversee proceedings.

The mother of the victim wrote that she was appealing for help, in the light of the recent apex court order cancelling the high court verdict that exonerates all of her daughter's attackers.

Left-backed women's organisations in the state Thursday took out protests in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi, demanding that Kurien be brought to justice.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

High command to examine allegation against Kurien

NEW DELHI: High command will examine the allegation leveled against Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien in the Suryanelli case. Party spokesperson Rasheed Alvi said a decision will be taken soon on the issue.  

Rasheed said law is the same for everyone and it will take its own course. Reinvestigating the case will be as per the directive of the court, he said.

SC says ‘no’ on counting heads in schools

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Wednesday imposed a stay on the Kerala High Court order entrusting police to count the number of heads in schools.

The High Court had ordered the police to count the heads to examine whether other names has been included in the register.

Instead of counting the heads, the Supreme Court asked to make use of documents like Aadhar.

Reinvestigate Suryanelli case, says VS

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The opposition LDF raised the Suryanelli issue in the Kerala Assembly on the second day today. Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan who voiced submission on the issue said they demand reinvestigation in the case.

The government who ordered reprobe in the Ancheri Baby murder case in the name of the controversial speech of M M Mani should do the same for the Suryanelli case also.

Women outfit demands Kurien’s resignation

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The CPI-M's women wing All-India Democratic Women's Federation Wednesday took out a march to the state assembly demanding a fresh probe into the Suryanelli gang rape case in view of the charge levelled against Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien by the victim.

The LDF opposition also kept up the issue by raising it in the state Assembly again, protesting the UDF government's stand that a re-investigation in the case was not possible.

Addressing the marchers, AIDWA leaders T N Seema, MP, and K K Shylaja said the government's position in the case amounted to 'gross injustice' to the victim and her family as well as all the women in the country.

Kurien's name figured again in connection with the case after the victim wrote to her advocate in Delhi on January 29 to explore the possibility of filing a review petition, seeking a fresh probe against Kurien.

KSU pours engine oil on higher secondary director

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: KSU activists poured engine oil on the body of the director of higher secondary in protest against the rise in fees of plus two courses.

Almost ten activists led by KSU district secretary Sippy Noorudeen poured oil on the body of the director Kesavendra Kumar after sieging him at his office at 3 pm. A verbal dispute occurred when the office employees tried to lead them outside. The police arrested and removed them from the spot. The KSU has expelled Sippy Noorudeen in connection with the incident.

Sippy Noorudeen and seven other KSU activists— Sreelal, Vignesh, Shanuraz, Sadique, Abinas, Anzar, Shameem—were remanded to 14 days by the Thiruvananthapuram Judicial Magistrate.

The director said that he will lodge a complaint to the DGP and the chief secretary on the incident.

Minister P K Abdurabb said that he will respond after studying the matter.

Meantime, youth congress state president P C Vishnunath termed it as a ‘barbaric act’. He asked the state leadership to take action against the culprits.

MLA injured in accident

VENJARAMOODU: Dr N Jayaraj, Kanjirapally MLA sustained injuries when the alto car in which he was travelling collided with a jeep at Chadayamangalam Wednesday morning. Four others too suffered injuries and have been identified as Jose Dominic, George Kutty, Sumesh Andrews and Laji.

They have been admitted at Gokulam Medical College Hospital and the condition of none is stated to be serious. The accident happened when those in the car were coming to the capital city.

Malayali woman shot dead in Tanzania

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A Malayali woman was shot dead by dacoits in Tanzania on Tuesday between 9 pm and 10.30 pm. She has been identified as Meera (50), wife of Sanjeev Kumar of Vrindavan at Pongummoodu in Thiruvananthapuram.

Sanjeev Kumar was working at a banking firm known as M Bank. He usually comes home late. It was when Meera was alone that a group of dacoits ended her life.

The body of Meera will be brought to Thiruvananthapuram today (Wednesday) and will be cremated at Shantikavadom.

Muslim League leader Abbas Sait passes away

KOZHIKODE: The state working Committee member of Muslim League, Abbas Sait passed away on Tuesday. He took his last breath at a private hospital here at 5 pm. He was 62. He was the private secretary of Industries Minister P K Kunhalikkutty.

His body was kept at the League House, Kozhikode on Tuesday for the public to pay homage. The body will be kept at Pallimukku, Kollam from 6.30 am onwards and then be brought to C H Memorial building at Nandavanan, Palayam in Thiruvananthapuram where it would be kept at the Panakkad Hall. The funeral will be carried out at Manacaud Juma Masjid at 4.30 pm.

Abbas Sait had served as private secretary for 24 years to former ministers U K Beeran, P K Kuhnalikkutty and Ibrahim Kunju. He also worked as the Thiruvananthapuram district president of Muslim League, Kollam district secretary, MSF Kollam district organizer, Kollam district Youth League Secretary, Gazatted Officers’ Union state president, etc.

Ice-cream: Argument on VS’ plea on Feb 19

KOZHIKODE: The court will hear the argument on opposition leader V S Achuthanandan’s plea asking not to consider the report of the investigating team and also to reject the report seeking to end the probe in connection with the ice cream parlour case on February 19.

Court asks to complete probe in Titanium case

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The vigilance court in the capital city directed to complete investigation in the Titanium corruption case within a month. If the probe is not completed within the stipulated time, action will be taken against the officials.

The report in connection with the progress in investigation was produced in the court today. The vigilance informed the court that the statements of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and KPCC chief Ramesh Chennithala have to be taken.

The case is that corruption was detected in granting permission to buy equipment worth 256 crores before the Oommen Chandy Government relinquished office in 2006.

Rajagopal seeks an impartial probe against Kurien

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Senior BJP leader and former union minister O Rajagopal sought an impartial probe against Rajya Sabha deputy Chairman P J Kurien in the Suryanelli case. 

Kurien should be discharged from his post till the investigation is completed.

Rajagopal said he had asked Rajan to stick to what he thinks as right.

Suryanelli rape case: Witness corrects statement

ALAPPUZHA: The witness in the Suryanelli rape case, who had given statement in favour of Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha P.J. Kurien, corrected his statement on Monday.

The witness K.S. Rajan, who is a BJP worker, said to media persons on Monday that he saw Kurien at 5 in the evening. He also said it is not clear whether he saw Kurien on the day of alleged rape or not.

Earlier, in his statement to the investigating officers, Rajan said that he saw Kurien at 7 pm on the day of alleged rape.

In its first verdict, spl Kerala HC bench acquits rape convict

KOCHI: The special bench in the Kerala High Court, hearing petitions related to sexual assaults and atrocities against women and children, on Monday acquitted the accused in a rape case in its first verdict.

Allowing the appeal of the accused, Sivadasan, against his conviction and sentence of 10 years imprisonment by a lower court, Justice P Bhavadasan held that there was delay in filing the complaint against the accused and holding that the statements of the victim and other witnesses were unbelievable.

The alleged incident occurred in 1994 while the victim had filed the complaint three years later.

The petitioner had challenged the order of Additional Sessions Court in Manjeri which had also slapped a fine of Rs one lakh on him.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

UDF against reinvestigation, says Thankachan

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: There is no need for a reinvestigation in the Suryanelli case, said UDF convenor P P Thankachan. The court had acquitted Kurien. Levelling allegation against him again is not correct, he said.

Thankachan rejected Kurien’s argument that a conspiracy had been hatched in the congress to take up the case again.

I don’t think anybody from the congress will do that, he said.

Suryanelli victim can approach HC

NEW DELHI: Suryanelli victim has obtained legal advice that she can approach the Kerala High Court for a reinvestigation against Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien in the case.  

Senior advocate Chander Uday Singh of the apex court informed the girl that she needn’t directly approach the Supreme Court.

The victim had sent a letter to the counsel seeking chances for a reinvestigation. In the letter to the chief minister, she had stated that she is still in her stand against Kurien. 

No reinvestigation in Suryanelli case, says Thiruvanchoor

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Suryanelli case cannot be reinvestigated, said Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. Briefing reporters at a press meet, he said there is no condition for it in the Indian law.

The court had earlier examined what the Suryanelli victim said. The Left government did not press for reinvestigation as they knew that there were no chances for it. The court had twice rejected the plea seeking reinvestigation. A reinvestigation will not be conducted, he said.

The act of the opposition shouting slogans against the speaker and trying to barge into the seat of the speaker is a challenge to democracy, said Thiruvanchoor.

No reinvestigation in Suryanelli case, says Thiruvanchoor

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Suryanelli case cannot be reinvestigated, said Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. Briefing reporters at a press meet, he said there is no condition for it in the Indian law.

The court had earlier examined what the Suryanelli victim said. The Left government did not press for reinvestigation as they knew that there were no chances for it. The court had twice rejected the plea seeking reinvestigation. A reinvestigation will not be conducted, he said.

The act of the opposition shouting slogans against the speaker and trying to barge into the seat of the speaker is a challenge to democracy, said Thiruvanchoor.

Centre’s response not favourable towards KSRTC, says Aryadan

NEW DELLHI: Centre’s attitude towards the state’s demand for withdrawing KSRTC from the list of bulk diesel consumers, not favourable, said Power Minister Aryadan Muhammed. A favourable response was not obtained after talking with Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, he said.

An extra burden of Rs 15 crores is incurred to the KSRTC after the state has been included in list of bulk diesel consumers. The corporation now has to buy diesel on market rate.

The centre has expressed their limitations in exempting KSRTC. The government is trying to solve the issue after giving benefits, said Aryadan.

SC sends notice to CBI in Fazal murder case

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court sent notice to CBI in connection with the bail pleas of Karayi Rajan and Karayi Chandrasekharan in connection with the murder case of NDF activist Fazal.

The notice has sought a reply within four weeks. The two arrested in the murder case of RMP leader T P Chandrasekharan is in jail now.

Murder of Praveen: SC upholds former DySP’s life sentence

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Monday upheld the life sentence awarded to former DySP Shaji, Malappuram by a lower court, in the Praveen murder case. The court rejected the plea of Shaji seeking to cancel the sentence. The Kerala High Court had earlier upheld the sentence.

The motive for the murder was the alleged illicit relations the victim had with Shaji's wife. After murdering Praveen, Shaji hacked his body into pieces with the help of his aides and dumped it into the Vembanad Lake. The incident occurred on the night of February 15, 2005.

The murder came to light when a severed leg was found near a bridge on a rivulet near Kumarakom the next day. Later, a man missing complaint was filed by Praveen's father with the Ettumanur police.

During investigation, the police found the severed torso from Thannermukkom Bund area and later the head from the lake area in Kochi.

Suryanelli case rocks assembly, house adjourned

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Assembly was Monday rocked by the issue of a complaint by the Suryanelli gang rape victim against Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien with opposition LDF forcing its adjournment after government rejected their demand to re-investigate the 17-year-old case.

Placard-waving LDF members, led by slogan shouting women colleagues, rushed to the well, denouncing the government’s stand that a fresh probe was not legally possible as the charge had already been inquired into and found baseless with the Supreme Court allowing Kurien’s discharge petition in 2007.

In a hard-hitting speech, opposition leader V S Achuthanandan said government’s position went sharply against the spirit of the ordinance on sex crimes against women signed by President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday, which had a provision that the victim’s deposition in rape cases should be given due prominence.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, however, maintained that the government’s avowed stand was that the guilty should be punished, but that the innocent should not be ‘crucified.’

He said the complaint against Kurien had been found baseless by the investigators and the result of the probe upheld by both the High Court and the Supreme Court.

“A guilty (person) should be punished. But at the same time, an innocent should not be crucified in any manner. This is most improper,” Chandy said.

On Achuthanandan’s contention that government had flouted the spirit of the ordinance, he said the investigation against Kurien was conducted twice based on the statement of the victim, that too during the tenures of the both UDF and LDF.

As LDF continued their protests, Speaker G Karthikeyan adjourned the house, rushing through the business.

Earlier during zero hour, the house was adjourned for an hour amid opposition protests over the issue which it kept up after the house re-assembled.

Kurien’s name figured again in the case after the victim wrote to her lawyer in Delhi on January 29 to explore the possibility of filing a review petition, seeking a fresh probe against him. She had also faxed a letter to Chandy on February 2, seeking a fresh probe.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

K. Sdhakaran finds fault with Congress High Command

KANNUR: K. Sudhakaran MP harshly criticized Congress High Command in a speech he delivered after inaugurating Chirakkal Block Congress Conference on Sunday.

He said there was a serious dearth of strong leadership both at the central government and in Congress. This would destroy the federal system of India. The central government should possess the skill to unite all the states at a time when the country is facing a crisis. Congress still survives in the country not because of its workings, efficiency or dynamism. It is only because there is a lack of strong opposition, he said.

But, later Sudhakaran backtracked from the statement and blamed the media for distorting his speech by telecasting only some parts of it.

Suryanelli case: Decision after legal advice of AG, says HM

KOTTAYAM: A decision on further re-investigation in the Suryanelli case will be taken after getting the legal advice of the advocate general, said Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. The advice of director general of prosecution will also be sought on it, he said.

Attempts are on to defame the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien. The home department will not intervene in the problems between the two former investigating officers Sibi Mathews and K K Joshua, said the minister.

Kurien had lodged a complaint against Joshua. Steps were not taken against him as Joshua was in the vigilance when the complaint was obtained, said Thiruvanchoor.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Tribunal directs to take decision on Thachankary

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Central Administrative Tribunal directed to take a decision by completing the departmental investigation within four months in connection with the promotion of senior IPS officer Tomin Thachankary.

Gang raped by three, girl loses mental balance

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A gang rape by three has lost the mental balance of a girl in the capital city. This incident has come to light even before the Delhi incident is forgotten.

The school student was abducted from her school and gang raped by three youths.

The Fort Police have arrested the youths in connection with the incident. The victim’s friend who helped the youths has gone underground.

The arrested has been identified as Dilip (22), Mithun Raj (18) and a minor, all belonging to Konchiravila. The minor is a plus one student of SMV School.

The victim’s friend, a plus one student of Manacaud School has not been arrested.

The incident which shook the city happened on January 11. The first accused Dilip is said to be the victim’s friend’s lover. The girl was abducted in a Maruti Omni Car and taken to a vacant house at Attakkulangara in Puthen Theruvu.

She was raped by the three after her hands and legs handcuffed and mouth gagged.

The victim’s parents came to know about the incident very late. They later lodged a complaint to the police.

Suryanelli sex scandal: Sibi Mathews saved P.J. Kurien, says Joshua

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a stunning revelation, K.K. Joshua, the investigation officer in the Suryanelli sex scandal, told a television channel that Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P.J. Kurien was saved by Sibi Mathews from the scanal.

He said Sibi Mathews recorded only those evidences which went in favour of P.J. Kurien. These evidences were given by G. Sukumaran Nair were instrumental.

Moreover, there is no proof on where Kurien was from 5 to 10 on the day of incident. Kurien travelled by car without any escort.

Kurien’s photo was not shown to the girl on identification parade. Those evidences given by the girl against Kurien were genuine, Joshua said.

Death threat to Chandy: Police arrest youth

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The police on Friday arrested a youth hailing from Kozhikode for threatening to murder Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. He is identified as Vishnu (29).

Suryanelli case: Chandy defends Kurien

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy today ruled out a re-investigation into the Suryanelli gangrape case, saying top courts had cleared the allegations raised against Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson P J Kurien.

The allegation levelled by the victim was not new and it had been investigated and cleared by courts including the Supreme Court, Chandy told reporters here.

Terming the attack against Kurien as "unfortunate", he said the media was highlighting the victim's statement as something new.

She had raised this allegation 17 years ago and it had been found to be not true by three probe teams, he said, adding that the Kerala HC and the apex court had allowed Kurien's discharge petition.

On the CPM-led LDF attack against Kurien on the issue, Chandy said, "some are trying to trigger a controversy over a matter which had been raised 17 years ago."

Asked if the government intended to order a re-probe as the victim was sticking to her allegation against Kurien, Chandy said the LDF ruled the state for ten years after this incident and they could not do anything to prove the charge.

"Not only that, government can proceed only in accordance with law. Opposition is trying to create smokescreen on the issue."

Chandy said the LDF-led opposition was trying to politicise the matter by targeting a person and this would only help the real culprits escape. "This is very unfortunate," he added.

The victim had on January 29 sent a letter to her advocate in the Supreme Court to explore the possibility of a review of the apex court order quashing all charges against Kurien.

Meanwhile, a member of the Special Investigation Team that probed the case in 1996 said Kurien's itinerary on the day when she alleged that she was sexually exploited was not fully investigated.

K K Joshua, a team member, claimed that SIT chief Siby Mathews had not made any attempt to collect the itinerary details of Kurien, who was then Union minister and travelled without escort between 5pm and 10.30pm.

The victim had always been consistent in her statements and mentioned the names of 42 people who had exploited her, Joshua told TV channels.