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Nun murder case takes new turn

The two-decade-old Sister Abhaya murder case took a new turn on Monday after a local court ordered filing of a charge sheet against chief chemical examiner R Geetha and analyst M Chitra for fudging the chemical examination report of the dead nun’s internal organs.

india Updated: May 31, 2011 17:09 IST
HT Correspondent

The two-decade-old Sister Abhaya murder case took a new turn on Monday after a local court ordered filing of a charge sheet against chief chemical examiner R Geetha and analyst M Chitra for fudging the chemical examination report of the dead nun’s internal organs.

After scrutinizing the examination report the chief judicial magistrate (Thiruvananthapuram) found that it had been tampered at least in eight places. At one point the original report said semen stains were found in deceased nun’s private parts, but it was rubbed off and corrected as no semen stain was found. While overwriting and correcting no sign was put to acknowledge the changes, the judge pointed out while ordering the CBI to charge sheet the duo.

The alleged fudging in the chemical examination report came to light after a media expose in 2007. Following this, a petition was filed in the court seeking to book chemical analysts. Geetha was the head of the Toxicology Department and Chitra assisted her during the tests. Later the court seized the examination report and sent it to forensic laboratory.

Abhaya’s (19), a class 12 student, body was found in the well of the Pious X convent hostel in Kottayam in 1992. Initially the police dismissed it as a suicide but later the CBI came to the conclusion that it was a murder. After 16 years of her murder, 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 introduced upon Sephy and two other accused priests in a “compromising position.” Panicked Sister Sephy “hit” Abhaya with an axe meant for chopping firewood. The three later dumped her body in the convent well, the CBI claimed.

The CBI also informed the court that Sister Sephy had undergone a hymenoplasty surgery (hymen restoration to prove that she is a virgin) to hide the crime. Later she moved the court against for CBI for conducting delicate gynecological tests without her consent.

The sensational case had seen many twists and turns in 19 years. In the course of investigation even the Prime Minister’s office was dragged. In 1993 CBI officer probing the case, Verghese Thomas, resigned from the agency saying that he was forced to write it off as a suicide. Then Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao’s office exerted enough pressure on senior officers to wrap up the case, he had alleged.