Mon, 14 Sep 2009 16:18:58 GMT

Sr Abhaya case: Narco-analysis CDs of priests and nun on air

Thiruvananthapuram: The video tapes of narco analysis on the three prime accused- Father Thomas Kottur, Father Jose Puthrikayil and sister Sephi — in the Sister Abhaya murder case were telecast by Malayalam television channels on Monday.

The video clips were later withdrawn from telecasting following instructions from the High Court of Kerala.

This is the first time that television channels telecast videos on narco analysis tests.

Interestingly, the telecast took place at a time when the CBI is struggling hard to prove the veracity of the narco analysis CDs in Court. The Kerala High Court had earlier criticised the CBI for not submitting the original CD on the narco-analysis of the three main accused in the case.

However, the CBI pleaded innocence and told the court that if the CD was tampered, the tampering should have taken place in the narco analysis lab in Bangalore where the narco analysis was conducted. The court decided to seek the services of forensic experts when the Bangalore lab also refused to acknowledge any tampering in the CDs. However, a detailed analysis of the CDs at Centre for Imaging Technology (C-DIT) also endorsed the allegations that the CDs were tampered.

The video tapes of narco analysis were telecast by all leading Malayalam television channels such as India Vision, Asianet and Manorama vision. The priests and the nun were seen responding to the questions in a feeble voice. While the priests took and answered questions in English, Sister Sephy was seen speaking in Malayalam.

According to the chargesheet filed by the CBI, the three accused - Father Thomas Kottur, Father Jose Puthrikayil and Sister Sephi - were heavily responsible for the death of Abhaya. Abhaya, then a pre-degree student was hacked to death with an axe, the prosecution claimed.

The accused had used an axe to hit the nun, who presumably had witnessed something offending to the reputation of the accused. The body of Sister Abhaya was later thrown into the well inside the convent, says the charge sheet

It is for the first time that CBI is presenting such crucial findings in the open court.

Following the plea from the CBI against granting bail to the accused, the court remanded them into judicial custody till December 16. The murder took place almost 16 years ago. Though several agencies, including the CBI had investigated the case, no agency could nail the culprits. While the Crime Branch termed the death as suicide, the CBI team which later investigated into the incident said it was indeed a murder, but there was no evidence to book anyone for the act.

Source: India Syndicate

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