P. J. Kurien
11th Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha
In office
21 August 2012 – 1 July 2018
Preceded byK. Rahman Khan, INC
Succeeded byHarivansh Narayan Singh, JD(U)
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
2 July 2006 – 1 July 2018
Succeeded byBinoy Viswam, CPI
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byThampan Thomas
Succeeded byRamesh Chennithala
In office
Preceded byM. M. Lawrence
Succeeded byK. M. Matthew
In office
Preceded byB. K. Nair
Succeeded byThampan Thomas
Personal details
Born (1941-03-31) 31 March 1941 (age 83)
Vennikulam, Travancore
(now in Kerala, India)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Alma materSt. Thomas College, Kozhencherry
Government Science College, Rewa

Pallath Joseph Kurien (born 31 March 1941) is an Indian politician, a social worker and educationist. He was the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India, till his retirement on 30 June 2018.[1][2] A leader of the Indian National Congress party, Kurien previously served as a Union Minister in the P. V. Narasimha Rao government and was a member of the Lok Sabha for four consecutive terms from 1980 to 1999.

He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2005.

Early life

P. J. Kurien was born on 31 March 1941 to P. G. Joseph and Rachel Joseph at Vennikulam in Tiruvalla, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala. He had his early education at St. Behanas High School, Vennikulam. For higher education, he attended St. Thomas College, Kozhencherry, Kerala and at Government Science College, Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. He was a professor of physics at St. Thomas College, Kozhencherry, when he entered politics.[3]

Positions held


Kurien was alleged to be an accused in the Suryanelli rape case, though his name was never included in the list of accused.[5][6] There are four inquiries which exonerated Kurien, three inquiries were held under the Chief Ministership of E. K. Nayanar, who himself used the allegation against Kurien during 1996 elections, and was also a respondent in the defamation case filed by Kurien. During these three inquiries, Kurien was only an opposition MP; Congress Party being out of power both at the Centre and in Kerala.[7] Kurien has maintained his innocence and police investigations into the case have also deemed him innocent.[8] There are speculations such as the alleged controversy against Kurien is politically motivated and his political power even led to the exoneration.[9][10] Sessions Judge Abraham Mathew in his order held that the victim's plea for inclusion of Kurien in the sex scandal case was not maintainable.[11][12][13][14][15]


  1. ^ "Congress leader PJ Kurien elected as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman". Economic Times.
  2. ^ Parsai, Gargi (22 August 2012). "P.J. Kurien is Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman". The Hindu.
  3. ^ "Biodata on the Rajya Sabha website". Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  4. ^ "P J Kurien". India.gov.in.
  5. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Kurien on why he shouldn't be re-investigated in rape case". YouTube.
  6. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Suryanelli victim demands P J Kurien be included in the list of accused". YouTube.
  7. ^ "Suryanelli sex scandal: Breather for PJ Kurien as convict retracts claim". 29 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Suryanelli rape case: Kerala High Court rejects petition against PJ Kurien".
  9. ^ "'Is Suryanelli rape the most key issue for Kerala now?'".
  10. ^ "Will PJ Kurien be made an accused in the Suryanelli rape case? Court order likely today".
  11. ^ "Suryanelli: Victim's plea against Kurien dismissed". The Hindu. 29 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Suryanelli sex scandal: Breather for PJ Kurien as convict retracts claim". 29 May 2013.
  13. ^ "Suryanelli gangrape case: P.J. Kurien alleges political conspiracy against him".
  14. ^ "Suryanelli gangrape case: Suryanelli rape case: Court rejects girl's plea against P J Kurien | India News - Times of India".
  15. ^ "Pressure mounts on P.J. Kurien to quit in Suryanelli rape case".
Lok Sabha Preceded byB. K. Nair Member of Parliamentfor Mavelikara 1980 – 1984 Succeeded byThampan Thomas Preceded byM. M. Lawrence Member of Parliamentfor Idukki 1984 – 1989 Succeeded byPala K. M. Matthew Preceded byThampan Thomas Member of Parliamentfor Mavelikara 1989 – 1999 Succeeded byRamesh Chennithala Political offices Preceded byK Rahman Khan Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha 2012–2018 Succeeded byHarivansh Narayan Singh