Justice for Sister Abhay after 28 years; The punishment is today | Kerala | Deshabhimani

Justice for Sister Abhay at the end of a twenty-eight year long legal battle. CBI Thiruvananthapuram Special Court Judge K Sanilkumar has convicted the first accused, Father Thomas Kottur, and the third accused, Sister Sefi, in the Abhaya murder case. Sentencing is set for Wednesday.

The court had earlier acquitted the second accused, Father Jose Puthrikal. After the Kovid examination, Father Thomas Kottur was lodged in Poojappura Central Jail and Sister Sefi in Attakkulangara Women’s Jail.

On March 27, 1992, Abhaya was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a well in the Piusco Tent Convent. Local police, the crime branch and the CBI investigated but reported the suicide. This is the third time the CBI has appointed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) following a court order. The CBI arrested the accused. The CBI has found that the motive behind the murder was the illicit affair between Thomas Kottur, Jose Puthrikal and Sister Sefi. According to the chargesheet, Abhaya was knocked unconscious by an ax and thrown into a well. The chargesheet was filed by CBI Kochi unit DySP Nandakumar Nair on July 17, 2009 in the Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court.

The trial began in the CBI court in Thiruvananthapuram on August 26, 2019. Of the 133 prosecution witnesses, 49 were questioned. Ten people changed their minds. The statements of Raju, the thief who witnessed the incident, and the doctors who said that Sefi had artificially implanted her virgin skin were decisive. CBI prosecutor M Navas appeared for the prosecution.

Evidence that cannot be subverted

Although there were many ‘games’ to sabotage, the testimony of witnesses and the scientific evidence tightened the noose on the accused in the asylum case. The interventions of the media, the courts and the action committee headed by Jomon Puthenpuraikkal are also noteworthy. Even though many witnesses turned away, Adayka Raju, an eyewitness, remained adamant. Alappuzha Govt alleges accused Sefi implanted virgin skin The police surgeon at the medical college, Dr. Rema and Principal Dr. Lalithambika Karunakaran’s statement and Abhaya’s shoes in the kitchen strengthened the case. The court also accepted scientific evidence such as narco-analysis, dummy tests and medical reports.

Raju entered the St. Pius Tent Convent on the morning of March 27, 1992 for a robbery. Raju has twice before attempted robbery here. The court found that Raju’s statement that he could not steal because he saw the accused Thomas Kottur on the day of the incident could be trusted. The statement of Shamir, who regularly sells stolen goods to Raju, also added to its credibility.

Thomas Kottur’s confession to social activist Colorcote Venugopal was also decisive. Priests are also human beings – this confession was that mistakes can be made. Prof. who was a colleague. Thressamma also testified against the accused. Second witness Sanju P Mathew’s confession was that Kottur’s scooter was seen outside the convent for several nights. The statement also said that there was an illicit relationship between Sefi, Thomas Kottur and Jose Puthrika. The prosecution also proved that Sefi had sewn the virgin skin to prevent sexual intercourse with the accused.

And the guardians of the law, thirsting for justice

Three magistrates were among those who opposed the repeated attempts to wipe it out. Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrates KK Uttaran, Anthony Morris and PD Sarandharan. KK Uttaran sharply criticized the CBI for closing the case by claiming that the asylum case was a suicide. As a result, Antony Morris and PD Sarngharan took over the CBI. It was the courage of the three to resist the three attempts of the CBI to close the case that later forced the arrest of the accused and the case became clear.

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