Abhaya Murder Case: Church Launches Campaign against Arrests

By M.g. Radhakrishnan
India Today

November 26, 2008§ionid=4&issueid=81&Itemid=1

Churches have launched a campaign among the faithful against the arrest of the two priests and a nun by the CBI in connection with the 16-year-old murder case of Sister Abhaya. "They are trying to damage the image of the church as unresolved mysteries hover around the arrests," said a spokesperson of the church.

The CBI has also for the first time interrogated the former and the present archbishops of the Kananaya Church's Archdiocese in connection with the case.

In an affidavit filed in the state high court, the CBI has said it had evidence that the arrested two priests and the nun were involved in the murder of the 21-year-old Sister Abhaya in 1992. The nun was found dead inside a well at the Pius Xth Convent in Kottayam where she was an inmate.

However, the high court has pulled up the CBI for not observing the required legal formalities when it sought the custody of the arrested three. The priests and the nun have made complaints of harassments by the CBI during interrogation and also the magisterial court.

The Archdiocese and various organisations of the clergy and laity have called for state-wide protests against CBI's highhandedness against the priests and the nun. This has also prompted dissident voices as sections among the clergy and laity have questioned the church's deep interest to shield the accused while it showed not sympathy to the killed nun who was also its member.


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