(Is Sushant Singh Rajput’s case similar to this?)
This real life story reminds you of Sherlock Holmes and possibly Hindi movie ‘Bees Saal Baad.’ The Abhaya murder probe in Kerala was botched and then salvaged. The case was handled in a feckless manner. It’s a story we’ve often heard. I’m talking of sister Abhaya’s murder case committed long ago.
Since then life sentences have been awarded to Father Thomas Kottoor and Sister Sephy in the Sister Abhaya murder case that had stirred much outrage in Kerala. It is a rare victory in a high profile case for CBI. Kottoor, a ranking priest, in the tiny but influential Knanaya Catholic Church, and Sephy had murdered 21-year-old Abhaya after she saw them in a compromising position. But here’s the catch: The crime was committed 28 years ago, CBI was entrusted with the case 27 years ago but the trial started only last year.
That is how slow the wheels of justice moved for want of FIFO (First in first out), after Kerala police was accused of bending before a small Christian denomination’s socio-political heft. But the central agency fared better, since key evidence had already been destroyed and a senior CBI sleuth had quit in disgust in 1994 alleging pressure by superiors to scuttle the case. The local police station, Kerala police crime branch, and initial CBI teams had concluded suicide like Sushant Singh Rajput. However, subsequent CBI teams changed their thesis to homicide, now affirmed by the trial court.
CBI’s luck rested on an unwavering, now reformed, petty thief, out to steal copper from lightning conductors when he saw Kottoor at the convent on the night of the crime. While other prime witnesses turned hostile, he stuck to his guns. Replays of the Abhaya case like the police bunglings, 180 degree course corrections and procedural delays continue to this day. Key evidence gets lost and socially influential accused gain public sympathy through casting doubts on the probe. When the Abhaya case proceeds into appeal, CBI must recall the shoddily investigated Aarushi murder where Allahabad High Court reversed the trial court’s conviction.
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