HC dismisses contempt plea in Abhaya case gainst two officials

Kochi: Kerala High Court on Monday dismissed a contempt petition against a CBI official and a former forensic official in the Sister Abhaya murder case.

The contempt petition was filed by M Thomas, Abhaya's father, against CBI DYSP Nandakumaran Nair and former Assistant Director of Forensic Science Laboratory, Bangalore, Dr Malini claiming that they had failed to comply with the court's earlier direction that the original CDs of narco tests conducted on three accused be produced in the court.

The three accused are Father Thomas Kottoour, Father Jose Puthrikayil and Sister Sephy.

A division bench comprising Justice K Balakrishnan Nair and P Bhavadasan dismissed the petition saying all possible steps had been taken and there was no wilful disobedience of orders.

The bench said the direction was to take all steps to retrieve the orginal, unedited video of narco test, which had been complied with.

Sister Abhaya was found dead in the well of the St Pius Convent in Kottayam in 1992 and police had earlier closed the case as a suicide. The investigation into the case was later taken over by CBI which filed three closure reports. But the Kerala High Court declined to accept the reports and asked the agency to investigate further.

CBI's Kochi unit, which took over the probe from the agency's Delhi unit as directed by high court, arrested the three on the charge of murder in November last year and filed the chargesheet in the CJM court on July 17 last.

Bureau Report