A division bench of the Kerala High Court on Thursday granted bail to Catholic priest Thomas Kottur and nun Sefi, who was sentenced to life imprisonment after a CBI court found them guilty of killing 21-year-old Sister Abhaya. Sister Abhaya's body was found inside a well in a convent in Kottayam on 27 March 1992. Acting on the petitions of the convicts, the High Court demanded suspension of their life imprisonment. A bench of Justice Vinod Chandran and Justice C Jayachandran allowed the petition.
Let us tell you, in December 2020, the CBI court found the convicts guilty of murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code and sentenced them to life imprisonment. The culprits were also fined Rs 5 lakh under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The CBI court had sentenced Kottur and Sister Sefi for the 1992 murder of Sister Abhaya at St. Pius Tenth Convent Hostel, Kottayam.
Special CBI Judge K Sanilkumar had found Kottur and Sefi guilty of murder and accepted the Central Bureau of Investigation's case that Sister Abhaya was murdered by criminals after they had observed the two intimate positions inside the convent. Abhaya was attacked with an ax handle as she was a witness to some alleged immoral activities involving the three accused.
At the same time, the case was initially closed by the local police and the Crime Branch of Kerala Police considering it to be a suicide. The case was later handed over to the CBI due to public outcry. The Kerala High Court had directed the Kochi unit of the CBI to investigate on 1 November 2008.
By 19 November 2008, the CBI had arrested Father Thomas Kottur, Sister Sefi, and Father Jose Poothrikayil. In July 2009, the CBI had filed a charge sheet against Father Thomas Kottur, Sister Sefi, and Father Jose Poothrikayil on charges of murder and destruction of evidence.
Now a bench of Justices Vinod Chandran and Justice C Jayachandran stayed the sentence of Father Thomas Kottur and Sister Sefi and both were asked to deposit five lakh rupees each and were also forbidden to leave the state without the permission of the court. Is.