KOTTAYAM: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team investigating the murder of Sister Abhaya will question Archbishop Mar Mathew Moolekkatt, head of the Knanaya Archdiocese of Kottayam.
Authorities on Sunday confirmed that he had been summoned by the CBI team for questioning. He is expected to be questioned on Monday. On Saturday Archbishop Mar Kuriakose Kunnassery, former head of the archdiocese, was summoned for questioning in connection with the murder. The Catholic nun’s body was found in the well of her convent hostel where she was staying on March 27, 1992.
Meanwhile, a pastoral letter by Archbishop Moolekkatt, delineating the official stand of the church in the case, was read out in all churches coming under the archdiocese on Sunday. The Archbishop, reading out his message at St. Stephen’s Forane Church, Uzhavoor, pointed out that the fact that the church was fully cooperating with the investigation was evidenced by the act of cooperation by Archbishop Kunnassery, who was leading a retired life. He hoped the investigation would bring out the truth behind the death of Sr. Abhaya. The St. Stephen’s forane church is the parent church of both Sr. Abhaya and Archbishop Moolekkatt. While the accused have not been brought to the scene of crime so far, the CBI team has been visiting some of the offices of the archdiocese and questioning former police officers who were part of earlier investigation teams and a few others who were inmates of the hostel.
In another development, the Knanaya Catholic Youth league held a conference at the Chaitanya Pastoral Centre and called for bringing out the whole truth behind the murder. Archbishop Moolekkatt addressed the gathering.