CBI Cracks the Abhaya Code, Priests, Nun Booked

Kerala Online
November 19, 2008

Kochi, Wednesday, November 19, 2008: The CBI Kochi unit today made a landmark arrest in connection with the murder of Sister Abhaya. Father Jose Puthrukayil, and Father Thomas Kottoor both of whom who had undergone narco analysis test and brain mapping test earlier were summoned by CBI yesterday. The priests will be produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate today afternoon.

The lawyers of both the priests have confirmed the arrest. According to sources both the priests were arrested on the basis of the statements given by Sanju P Mathew a person living next to Pious X convent in Kottayam.

Sources tell us that both the priests are right now undergoing interrogation in Kochi.

The arrest was made by the CBI Kochi unit, which took charge this month after several CBI teams successively failed to crack the 1992 murder case. The Kerala High Court had last month rapped the investigating agency over the slow progress in its probe and asked the Kerala unit of the CBI to take over. The judge asked the new team to submit its first information report to the court in 45 days and submit the first full progress report of the investigation before Feb 4 next year.

In November 1996, the CBI concluded that the death was a homicide but the murderer remained untraced. The Kerala Police had earlier termed the case a suicide.

Public interest in the case was re-ignited in April last year after a newspaper reported that Abhaya's medical reports were tampered with at a chemical laboratory in state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

This is the first time since sixteen years arrests have been made in the sensational murder case of Sister Abhaya, a resident of Pious X Hostel who was found dead March 27, 1992.

However, the church has so far refused to comment on the latest developments of events.


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