P. J. Kurien
പി. ജെ. കുര്യൻ
|11th Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha|
21 August 2012 – 1 July 2018
|Preceded by||K. Rahman Khan, INC|
|Succeeded by||Harivansh Narayan Singh, JD(U)|
|MP of Rajya Sabha for Kerala|
2 July 2006 – 1 July 2018
|Succeeded by||Binoy Viswam, CPI|
|Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha|
|Preceded by||Thampan Thomas|
|Succeeded by||Ramesh Chennithala|
|Preceded by||M. M. Lawrence|
|Succeeded by||K. M. Matthew|
|Preceded by||B. K. Nair|
|Succeeded by||Thampan Thomas|
|Born||31 March 1941|
(now in Kerala, India)
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Alma mater||St. 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. 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 six consecutive terms from 1980 to 1999. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2005.
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.
Kurien was alleged to be an accused in the Suryanelli rape case, though his name was never included in the list of accused. 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. Kurien has maintained his innocence and police investigations into the case have also deemed him innocent. There are speculations such as the alleged controversy against Kurien is politically motivated and his political power even led to the exoneration. 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.