A sessions court in Kerala's Thodupuzha has rejected a plea against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, demanding he should be made an accused in the Suryanelli rape case.
The case relates to a 16-year-old girl from Suryanelli in Idukki district who was abducted in January 1996 and taken to various places and sexually exploited by at least 40 persons.
Kurien, alleged to be an accused, was acquitted in the case but the victim had recently named him as one of those who assaulted her at the Kumily guest house on February 9, 1996.
Kurien has maintained that he had been cleared of the charges by the Supreme Court.
(With PTI inputs)