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High Court orders further probe in Abhaya case

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Kochi: The Kerala High court Wednesday directed CBI to inquire all aspects and role of some police officers who had allegedly tampered with evidences in the case relating to the murder of Sister Abhaya, a nun who was found dead in the St Pius convent in Kottayam in 1992.

The direction in this regard was issued by justice N.K Balakrishnan on a petition by Joemon Puthenpurikkal, a social worker, complaining that despite the lapse of five years since filing of the chargesheet in the case, no action has been taken so far against the officials.

According to the petitioner, former Crime Branch SP, K T Michael, CBI SP Thyagarajan and former Kottayam Sub Divisional Magistrate S G K Kishore and others were involved in tampering the evidences in the case.

CBI also agreed to inquire the role of all concerned officers.

Initially, local police crime branch had stated that the nun had committed suicide. But a CBI probe later concluded that Abhaya was murdered but sought closure of the case due to lack of evidence.

Courts refused to close the case and on November 19, 2008, two priests and a nun were arrested by CBI in connection with the case. On July 17, 2009, charges of murder and destruction of evidence were registered against them.

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