This Month is the sixteenth Anniversary of the mysterious death of Sister Abhaya. She was found lifeless in the well of the Pius X Convent and the hostel. When the body was found, church authorities told the media that she had committed suicide. They revealed that she was preparing for her higher secondary examination and was undergoing treatment for mental illness.
The case was `investigated' by the local police for 17 days. But due to efforts of Local Action Committee and intervention of human rights activist Joemon Puthenpurakkal government handed over the investigation to the Crime Branch. In the course of the nine months probe under the crime branch, to the shock of all including the court, vital evidences and records related to the case simply disappeared or were purposefully destroyed. It was at this juncture, the CBI was forced to step in.
While the CBI investigation was in progress, the Superintendent of Crime Branch, K.T. Michael, who initially investigated and reported the death as "suicide", obtained written permission from the RDO (Rural Development Officer) to take possession of Abhaya's personal articles - her veil, chappels, personal diary and such other personal goods that are of high evidentiary value from the RDO court. The whereabouts of all those items which has been considered as critical evidences, are found missing now.
CBI started investigating under the direct supervision of its officer Varghese P. Thomas a upright officer awarded with the prestigious President's National Medal. He brain-mapped fifteen suspects and when he was about to brain-map Fr. Kotoor, Its then he got orders from his S.P. Thiagarajan to stop investigations. Due to these pressures the Upright Officer decided to quit his job in 1994, when he had still 10 years service. Then Team after Team of CBI investigated the case with no result. Some even pleaded with the concerned court to allow to close the case. The present CBI team team probing the case is the fifth one.
Thirteen years into the case, he New Indian Express (legacy of Arun Shourie) brought startling revelations that Sr. Abhaya was not only killed but raped and killed! The chemical examination at the Government Forensic Lab pointed to Abhaya being raped before murder. But The high-ups had used their clout to Suppress and a false laboratory chemical examination report given to Police and CBI. In view of new Information, High Court ordered CBI to speed up investigations. In a twist to the case, the forensic professor of Kottayam Medical College informed CBI that the post-mortem report of Sr. Abhaya is missing from the bound book of 100 post-mortem reports—99 reports available and one torn off!
Strangely, Ravindran, the scientific officer at the Chemical Examiners Laboratory, and his wife Ajitha Kumari, were killed in a Mysterious accident last month. It is widely believed that Ravindran was behind the recent revelation to the New Indian Express about the tampering of the chemical examination report of the vaginal swab and smear of Sister Abhaya.
Scuttling the Murder Investigation of Sister Abhaya is a perfect combination of money, social, political police and administrative power. Sister Abhaya has become synonymous with injustice. Will the murderers be brought to justice?
The Christian organisations who cave been proactive in Getting Saints should be take more interest in this case and make sure Justice is done