You are wrong, court tells CBI in nun’s death

August 26th, 2008 - 5:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Kochi (Kerala), Aug 26 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team investigating the mysterious death of a nun, Sister Abhaya, was told Tuesday by a judge of the Kerala High Court that their statement regarding the number of CDs on the narco-analysis test was wrong.CBI official R.K. Aggarwal was asked Tuesday by Justice V. Ramkumar how many CDs were there and he replied one.

To which the judge expressed his displeasure and said there were three CDs and said that certain vital information was missing about the narco-analysis test in the single CD that the CBI had given to the court.

Justice V. Ramkumar had earlier raised doubts about the veracity of the CD produced by the CBI on the narco analysis test done on two Christian priest and a nun to unravel the mystery of Sister Abhaya’s death.

Early this month, the court asked the CBI to produce the CD and after going through the contents of the CD, the judge expressed reservations on the contents. He asked the court registrar to get in touch with the Bangalore-based Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) to get the details of it.

Sister Abhaya, a resident of Pious X Hostel near here, was found dead in the well of the convent March 27, 1992.

The CBI concluded in November 1996 that the death was a homicide but the murderer remained untraced. The Kerala police earlier dismissed the case as suicide.

Three previous CBI teams have failed to crack the mystery behind Abhaya’s death.

The CBI counsel has for long been saying that Abhaya was murdered but there was lack of evidence to nail the culprits. He also says that evidence has been destroyed during the previous investigations by the state police and the Crime Branch.

The case came into the limelight in April last year after a newspaper reported that Abhaya’s medical reports were tampered with at the Chemical Examiners Laboratory in Thiruvananthapuram.

Two officials of the laboratory, suspected of having tampered with the report, are currently on bail.

In another related development, the court asked social activist Joemon Puthenpurackal to keep off the case.

Incidentally, it was he who was largely instrumental in reopening the case after he last year approached the CBI director to send a new team to again investigate the case.

Reacting to the observation made by the court, Joemon said that he would approach the Supreme Court against the High Court asking him to keep off the case.

The arguments of the case got over Tuesday and the judge is now expected to give his verdict on the case later this week.

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