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Abhaya case: Kerala lawyers oppose action against SC judge

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 23:11

Kochi: A resolution demanding action
against Supreme Court Judge Cyriac Joseph for allegedly
viewing CDs relating to sister Abhaya murder case, was
defeated in the Kerala High Court Advocates Association
meeting here on Tuesday.

The resolution moved by 62 advocates sought a probe by
the Judicial Reforms Commission into the alleged visit of
Justice Joseph, while he was the Karnataka High Court
Chief Justice, to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in
Bangalore and viewing of CD of the narco tests done on the
accused in the case.

A majority of lawyers voted against the resolution
which was opposed by members, including former BJP state unit
President, P S Sreedharan Pillai and senior lawyers who said
it was "illegal" and "ill-motivated."

M P Ashok Kumar, President of Kerala High Court
Advocates Association, chaired the general body meeting.

The CBI had told the Kerala High Court on August 10
that a former chief justice of Karnataka High Court and
presently a Supreme Court judge had viewed the three CDs
containing the narco tests conducted on the accused.

The oral submission, without revealing the judge`s
name, was made by CBI special prosecutor S Sreekumar, on the
basis of a statement made by S Malini, former Assistant
Director of Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Bangalore, to

A petition seeking a direction to Malini to file an
affidavit on her claim about the visit of Justice Joseph to
FSL on May 23 and May 24 last year was filed by M Thomas,
father of Abhaya, in the High Court yesterday.

The petition also sought a direction to Malini to file
an affidavit on whether video tapes handed over by her to the
CBI investigating officer on February 5 this year was original
and unedited.

The body of Abhaya, an inmate of the St Pius X Convent
at Kottayam, was found in the well of the convent in March

The three accused in the case are Fr Thomas Kottoor, Fr
Jose Puthrikayil and Sister Sephy.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 23:11
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