Abhaya case: litigant Jomon accuses justice Cyriac of intervening in narco analysis test

Jomon Puthenpurackal | Photo: Mathrubhumi Archives

Kottayam: Jomon Puthenpurackal, the litigant in the Abhaya case alleged that Justice Cyriac Joseph had seen the video of narco analysis of the accused by visiting the forensic lab. Jomon had revealed this in his autobiography ‘Daivathinte Swantham Vakeel’ (God’s Own Lawyer) which will be released soon. Justice Cyriac Joseph was the chief justice of the Karnataka High Court then.

The justice had arrived in the lab on May 24, 2008, and spent 45 minutes there. CBI officer SP Nandakumar had mentioned this fact in his report. CBI submitted the photos and videos of Justice Cyriac's visit. The additional director of the lab Dr S Malini also confirmed this. The visit was six months before the arrest of the Abhaya case accused on November 19, 2008.

Supreme Court had never abstained the investigation team from conducting narco analysis. But obtaining the permission of those undergoing the test was mandatory. All the procedures required to be fulfilled before the narco analysis were followed in the case. However, the CBI failed in informing the trial court the due procedures were followed, Jomon alleged.

Jomon pointed out severe lapses on the side of the CBI in the interrogation of S Das, who could be a potential witness in the case. Das was the security officer of Jerusalem church located near the Pious Tenth Convent where sister Abhaya lived.

Das had revealed that he had seen the assailants leaping over the wall of the convent. But when recording the statement, the investigation officials did not note it was on the night on which Abhaya was murdered. Another accused Addaka Raju had also informed that he had caught the sight of all murderers at the crime spot. But the CBI failed to discern the evidence, Jomon wrote in his autobiography.

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