A particular CBI court docket in Thiruvananthapuram will on Wednesday pronounce the quantum of sentence within the Sister Abhaya homicide case. The court docket had on Tuesday discovered a Catholic priest and a nun responsible within the 28-year-old case.
The priest – Father Thomas Kotoor – was charged underneath sections 302, 201 and 449 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), whereas the nun – Sister Sefi – was booked underneath sections 201 and 302 of the IPC.
The priest and the nun, who had been on bail, had been taken into judicial custody after the obligatory Covid-19 testing. Father Kotoor was shifted to the Poojapura Central jail, and Sister Sefi to the Attakulangara girls’s jail in Thiruvananthapuram.
Sister Abhaya (19) was discovered useless within the properly of the Pious X Convent in Kottayam in March 1992. It was initially dismissed as a suicide by the state police and crime department, however the CBI later concluded that it was homicide. In 2009, the CBI charge-sheeted Kottoor and Sefi within the case. It nonetheless took 11 years for the case to succeed in its logical conclusion because of extended authorized battles.
In response to the CBI charge-sheet, on the day of her demise, Abhaya received up early to review and went to the kitchen to scrub her face. The charge-sheet surmised that she witnessed some sexual exercise involving the 2 monks and nun and was killed as a result of they feared she could disclose what she had witnessed.
She was first attacked with an axe and later dumped within the properly, the CBI claimed. Though the case created a sensation in Kerala, the church stood by the accused, saying the accused had been harmless.
Apparently, the CBI had filed three reviews within the case; in first report it stated the demise of Abhaya was a case of “homicidal suicide.” However this report was rejected by the court docket, which ordered a recent investigation. Within the second report, the company stated it couldn’t set up past doubt whether or not it was a suicide or homicide. Within the final report it filed in 2008, the company stated it was a case of homicide and arrested the 2 monks and nun.
One other accused, Father Jose Poothrukayil, was discharged by the CBI court docket final yr, on grounds of inadequate proof.