P. J. Kurien

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 six consecutive terms from 1980 to 1999. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2005.

P. J. Kurien
പി. ജെ. കുര്യൻ
P. J. Kurien portrait.jpg
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)
MP of Rajya Sabha for Kerala
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 80)
Vennikulam, Travancore
(now in Kerala, India)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Alma materSt. Thomas College, Kozhencherry
Government Science College, Rewa

Early lifeEdit

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 heldEdit

  • 1980-84 Member, Seventh Lok Sabha.[4]
  • 1984-89 Member, Eighth Lok Sabha.
  • 1987-89 Member, Executive, Congress Parliamentary Party [C.P.P.(I)],Member, House Committee, Member, Committee on Public Undertakings.
  • 1989-91 Member, Ninth Lok Sabha, Chief Whip, Congress Parliamentary Party, Member of the Business Advisory Committee.
  • 1991-96 Member, Tenth Lok Sabha.
  • 1991-93 Union Minister of State, Industry with additional charge of Commerce.
  • 1992-93 Union Minister of State, Industry,(Department of Small Scale, Agro and Rural Industries) with additional charge of Commerce.
  • 1994-98 Chairman, Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
  • 1995-96 Union Minister of State, Non-Conventional Energy Sources.
  • 1996-98 Member, Eleventh Lok Sabha, Member of the Business Advisory Committee.
  • 1998-99 Member, Twelfth Lok Sabha, Chief Whip, Congress Parliamentary Party, Member, Business Advisory Committee, Jan.
  • July 2005 Elected to Rajya Sabha
  • August 2012 Elected Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha


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]


  1. ^ "Congress leader PJ Kurien elected as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman". Economic Times.
  2. ^ "P.J. Kurien is Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman". The Hindu.
  3. ^ "Biodata on the Rajya Sabha website". Retrieved 29 May 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "P J Kurien". India.gov.in.
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muCSR38VZOc
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8dBhIqL17c
  7. ^ http://zeenews.india.com/news/kerala/suryanelli-sex-scandal-breather-for-pj-kurien-as-convict-retracts-claim_851672.html
  8. ^ "Suryanelli rape case: Kerala High Court rejects petition against PJ Kurien".
  9. ^ http://www.rediff.com/news/interview/suryanelli-rape-the-most-key-issue-kerala-is-facing-now/20130219.htm
  10. ^ "Will PJ Kurien be made an accused in the Suryanelli rape case? Court order likely today".
  11. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/suryanelli-victims-plea-against-kurien-dismissed/article4863280.ece
  12. ^ http://zeenews.india.com/news/kerala/suryanelli-sex-scandal-breather-for-pj-kurien-as-convict-retracts-claim_851672.html
  13. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/suryanelli-gangrape-case-p.j.-kurien-political-conspiracy-protests/1/249453.html
  14. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Suryanelli-rape-case-Court-rejects-girls-plea-against-P-J-Kurien/articleshow/18765742.cms

External linksEdit

Lok Sabha
Preceded by
B. K. Nair
Member of Parliament
for Mavelikara

1980 – 1984
Succeeded by
Thampan Thomas
Preceded by
M. M. Lawrence
Member of Parliament
for Idukki

1984 – 1989
Succeeded by
Pala K. M. Matthew
Preceded by
Thampan Thomas
Member of Parliament
for Mavelikara

1989 – 1999
Succeeded by
Ramesh Chennithala
Political offices
Preceded by
K Rahman Khan
Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha
Succeeded by
Harivansh Narayan Singh