J. Venkatesan

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday set aside a directive issued by the Kerala High Court ordering an inquiry into the credentials of Jomon Puthenpurackal, convener of the Sister Abhaya Action Council, for filing a petition in the Sister Abhaya murder case.

A three-Judge Bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Justice Deepak Verma and Justice B.S. Chauhan set aside the High Court order after Mr. Puthenpurackal filed an affidavit explaining in detail his credentials and how he filed the petition.

In his fresh affidavit, Mr. Puthenpurackal said that all adverse observations made by the High Court were already inquired into by the State Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau, which came to the conclusion that he had not acquired assets worth even one rupee during the relevant period and that all the allegations were false.

He pointed out that the CBI had filed the charge sheet in the sister Abhaya murder case on July 17, 2009 and the petitioner had been cited as a prosecution witness. In the light of these facts, he said the High Court's observations that he had no locus standi in the case were legally untenable. He wanted the High Court directions to be set aside. The Bench accepted the affidavit and set aside the impugned directions.