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Old 16-Sep-2009
Abhaya case Narco videos out..Priests n Nun cought

Abhaya case narco tests show confession of priests and nun

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The two priests and a nun arrested by the CBI for the murder of Sister Abhaya have allegedly confessed to the crime after being administered the truth serum by CBI investigators.

The tapes of narco tests aired by regional TV channels on Monday showed Father Jose Poothrikkayil, Father Thomas M Kottur and Sister Sephy revealing what happened on the night of the murder in a state of sedation induced by the truth serum.

Within hours, the Kochi chief judicial magistrate asked the TV channels to stop the telecast of the tapes as the case was under trial. Narco analysis is not relied upon by courts as primary evidence.

Sister Abhaya's body was found in the St Pius convent in Kottayam on March 27, 1992. More than 16 years later on November 19, 2008, the CBI arrested the two priests and the nun on the basis of circumstantial evidence and the revelations in the narco analysis test. The agency says the two priests had illicit relations with Sister Sephy, which was known to Sister Abhaya.

Both the priests and the nun, however, say the narco CDs were edited by the investigators.

According to the CBI, on March 27, 1992, the two priests entered the convent through the kitchen door unbolted by Sister Sephy. Once inside, Sister Abhaya chanced upon them and this upset the accused who felt that she would reveal it to someone. So they killed her and threw the body into the convent well, the agency claims.

The local police and crime branch had written off the case as a suicide. But after a public outcry, the case was handed over to CBI which gave the first hints that it was a homicide. But controversy continued to plague the case and the CBI officer who began the investigation put in his papers alleging pressure from seniors who wanted him to close it as a suicide case. Subsequently, he claimed that the pressure had come from the office of the then Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao.

Only recently, the case had taken another twist with the former director of the Bangalore Forensic Laboratory, S Malini, telling CBI that Supreme Court Judge Justice Cyriac Joseph had visited the lab in May 2008, when he was Chief Justice of Karnataka high court, and seen the CDs of the narco analysis conducted on the accused. The revelation raised eyebrows and the Kozhikode district Bar Association passed a resolution requesting the Supreme Court Chief Justice to hold an inquiry into the visit.

Apart from the Abhaya case, stories of harassed nuns have come out in recent times. Some months ago, a former nun wrote an autobiography outlining the harrowing moments in her ecclesiastical life, which she says prompted her to drop the veil. `Amen - Oru Kanyasthreeyude Atmakatha' (Amen Autobiography of a Nun), the real life story of Sister Jesmi, who was associated with the Congregation of Mother of Carmel, narrated tales of nuns kissed by the priest during confession and her own tale of being stripped by a priest who was respected for his moral rectitude.

but thatz in malayalam soo cant understand....

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