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Two acquitted of charge of tampering chemical report in Abhaya case

Two acquitted of charge of tampering chemical report in Abhaya case

Thiruvananthapuram: The Chief Judicial Magistrate Court here Friday acquitted former chief chemical examiner R Geetha and chemical analyst M Chitra in a case related to tampering of the workbook containing the chemical analysis report in the Sister Abhaya case.

The court, while pronouncing the judgment, also termed the allegations levelled against them were baseless

Jomon Puthanpurakkal, who had filed the complaint of manipulation in the work register, said that he would go for an appeal against the judgment by the CJM court.

R. Geetha, former chief chemical examiner of the chemical analysis lab in Bangalore and analyst Chitra were accused of manipulating the results of chemical examination conducted on Sister Abhaya's internal organs.

The crucial forensic tests were conducted in April 1992 under the supervision of Geetha, who was then head of the Toxicology Department and Joint Chemical Examiner. Chitra, who was at the time a chemical analyst, assisted R. Geetha.

Sister Abhaya’s body was found in a well in the Pius X Convent Hostel, run by the Knanaya Catholics, in Kottayam in 1992. The unnatural death case was written off by investigators till it sprung back to headlines in 2007 after a media expose about alleged forgery of the chemical analysis report.

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