A local court has ordered filing a charge sheet against two female laboratory officials for being allegedly involved in the tampering of the chemical examination report on the death Sister Abhaya.
After scrutinising the examination report, chief judicial magistrate (Thiruvananthapuram) Cherian Varghese found it had been tampered with at least in eight places. At one point the original report said semen stains were found in the deceased nun's private parts, but the relevant lines were rubbed off and corrected as saying no semen stain was found.While overwriting and correcting, no signature was put in to acknowledge the changes, the judge pointed out while ordering the CBI to charge sheet chief chemical examiner R Geetha and analyst M Chitra.
The body of Abhaya (19), a Class 12 student, was found in the well of the Pious X Convent hostel in Kottayam in 1992. Initially police dismissed the case as suicide but later the CBI said it was murder.
Sixteen years later, the CBI arrested two priests and a nun in 2008.
The CBI had conducted narco-analysis tests on three accused – Father Thomas Kottoor, Father Jose Putrikkeyyi and Sister Sephy – in 2008.
It informed the court that Sister Abhaya, a newcomer at the hostel, had accidentally seen Sister Sephy and the two other accused in a "compromising position". In panic, Sister Sephy "hit" Abhaya with an axe meant for chopping firewood. They then dumped her body in the convent well, the CBI said.
The CBI also informed the court Sister Sephy had undergone a hymenoplasty surgery (hymen restoration to prove that she was a virgin) to hide the crime. Later she moved court against the CBI for conducting delicate gynecological tests without her consent.
When the test were done, Geetha was the head of the toxicology department of the Kerala State Chemical Laboratory and Chitra assisted her during the tests. Later the court seized the examination report and sent it to a forensic laboratory.