Sr. Abhaya case: HC stops trial of doctors who conducted narco-analysis of accused
Kochi: The Kerala High Court stated that the doctors who conducted narco-analysis of the accused in the Sister Abhya murder case cannot be tried. The High Court cancelled the directive of the Thiruvananthapuram Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Court that the doctors should be tried.
The CJM court had ordered to try N Krishnaveny and Praveen Parvathappa who conducted narco-analysis of the accused in 2007. However, the accused Fr. Thomas Kottoor and Sister Stephy approached the High Court questioning this move, pointing out that there is a Supreme Court order stating that trying doctors who conducted narco-analysis is not legal.
It is also noted in the petition that according to the Supreme Court’s directive, even if the test was performed with permission, since the revelations are not made consciously duing the test, it should not be used as evidence. Only the information or fact traced based on this revelation should be considered.
The High Court had earlier stayed trying the doctors who performed narco-analysis test till December 10 on the basis of the plea filed by the accused. The court made the crucial intervention as the last phase of the trial was about to start on Thursday.