In 2002, the advocate was convicted along with 34 other accused in the case and sentenced to life imprisonment. However, a division bench of the Kerala High Court acquitted everyone except him in 2005. Justice KA Abdul Gafoor and Justice R Basant ordered that he needs to spend just five years in jail. Dharmarajan was let out on parole later that year but he disappeared. Nobody knew where he was hiding. Somehow the Mathrubhumi reporter tracked him down in Karnataka.
Though Dharmarajan has stated that he will surrender before the Kerala Police by tomorrow, the special team is looking to take him into custody as soon as possible.
Yesterday Kurien rejected Dharmarajan's averment on having taken the Congress leader in his white Ambassador car to the Kumily guest house wherein the victim was confined on Feb 19, 1996. However, the advocate told Mathrubhumi that there are documents to substantiate his sensational claim.
According to Dharmarajan, the feeling of remorse over the pain he had caused to the victim prompted him to reveal the facts after so many years. He said that the other persons involved in the case must be brought to book even if belatedly.
Several politicians including some who are now part of the Congress-led United Democratic Front government had met him in prison and stressed that he should not give a statement to the police against Kurien, Dharmarajan added.
His latest allegation that all parties in the state had helped Kurien is a serious one and needs to be probed. If indeed there was a concerted effort to protect the Congress leader, then it speaks poorly about the political system in a state with nearly cent per cent literacy.