Congress defends Kurien on rape charges

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) The Congress Friday defended Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, whose name has been dragged into the 17-year-old Suryanelli rape case, saying the charge was judicially examined and the party could not react emotionally to it.

"The charge against Kurien was judicially examined. Those who did it said in their collective wisdom that he was not involved," Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury told reporters here.

She said the party "could not react emotionally" to the issue as "none of us are in full awareness of facts".

"We can't speculate on it now," she said.


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