Staff Reporter

Probe into allegation of tampering with report in Abhaya case

Kochi: Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate P.D. Sarangadharan on Monday declined the plea of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to grant it one month's time to file a statement on the progress of investigation into the allegation of manipulation and tampering with the chemical examination report in the Sister Abhaya death case.

The Magistrate, while declining the plea, directed the CBI to file the statement on May 2. The Magistrate had, on a previous occasion, directed the agency to explain about the investigation into the allegations of tampering with the chemical examination report by April 30.

The court gave the direction when a petition filed by the CBI to call for the workbook containing the chemical examination report from the Thiruvananthapuram Chief Judicial Magistrate Court came up before it. The court, on November 29, 2006, handed over to the CBI an anonymous letter alleging that the chemical examination report had been tampered with. The body of Abhaya, a 21-year-old inmate of the Pious X Convent Hostel, was found in March 1992 in a well on the convent premises.

The Thiruvananthapuram Chief Judicial Magistrate Court took cognisance of the serious nature of the reports about tampering with the chemical examination report appearing in newspapers and ordered the police to seize the original copy of the workbook from the laboratory.

Though the CBI had filed a petition at the Thiruvananthapuram CJM court for getting the workbook, it was directed to move a similar petition before the Ernakulam CJM court.

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