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Hearing of bail pleas adjourned to 4 March

The Kerala high court on Monday adjourned to 4 March the hearing of the bail pleas of 17 accused in the Suryanelli rape case allegedly involving Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien.

A division bench comprising Justices K T Shankaran and M L Joseph Francis said the appeal and records about the case had not been received from the Supreme Court and it cannot proceed without perusing them, even though the accused wanted their pleas to be taken up on Monday.

According to the accused, the apex court had not gone into the merits of the case and judgement was on technical grounds. The accused, who had been convicted and sentenced by the sessions court, are among the 35 acquitted by a division bench of the HC in 2005. However, the SC had recently set aside the acquittals and asked them to surrender before the special court hearing the case. First accused Rajan and fifth accused Cherian are among those who have moved for bail maintaining there was no material against them to prove the charges.
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