HC rejects plea to stay Abhaya case trial

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday rejected the petition filed by the accused in Sister Abhaya murder case seeking a stay on its trial proceedings set to begin on Wednesday.

The High Court rejected the petition filed by accused Fr Thomas M Kottoor and Sister Sefi.

The Thiruvananthapuram CBI court had earlier rejected the discharge petition filed by the two accused earlier. Following this, the accused filed a petition in the High Court.

In the petition, the accused pointed out that the law enforcers arrested them just because they wanted to frame somebody in the case.

The accused also pointed out that the statements against them cannot be trusted.

During the hearing of the petition, the CBI informed the court that it is ready to produce any documents connected with the case.

The CBI advocate told the court that it will produce the charge sheet and witness' statements also in the court.

The court has postponed the case to April 9 for detailed hearing. Fr Thomas M Kottoor and Sister Sefi are the first and second accused in Abhaya case.

Third accused Fr Jose Poothrikkayil was removed from the accused list earlier.

The trial of Abhaya case is set to begin on Wednesday. The trial procedures are set to begin 25 years after the death of Sister Abhaya.

The case pertains to alleged murder of Sr Abhaya, who was an inmate of Pius X convent in Kottayam. She was found dead in the well of the convent on March 27, 1992.

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