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Charge sheet filed in Abhaya case

Kochi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed charge sheets against two priests and a nun in the Sister Abhaya death case before Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate K.A. Baby.

The accused, Fr. Thomas Kottur, Fr. Jose Puthrikayil and Sister Sephy, had been charged with offence punishable under Section 302 (murder) and Section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code.

The two priests were also charged with offences punishable under Section 449 (trespass) of the IPC.

The charge sheets said that Fr. Thomas Kottur and Fr. Jose Puthrikayil trespassed into the Pius X Convent Hostel on the night of March 26, 1992, through the kitchen door of the hostel and remained in the cellar. Sister Sephy was already in the cellar.

Both the accused were found in “special circumstances” when Sister Abhaya, an inmate of the hostel, came down to the cellar to collect water from the refrigerator and the accused with a common intention to murder Sister Abhaya in order to prevent her from telling what she had seen in cellar to others and in furtherance of the crime hit Abhaya with an axe (‘kodali’) on the back of her head.

She then collapsed. Then, the first and the second accused, assisted by the third accused, lifted Sister Abhaya, who was unconscious, thorough the kitchen door and dumped her in a well behind the building to make it appear that the she had committed suicide.

The charge sheet citied as many as 133 persons as witnesses and 70 documents were submitted before the court.

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