Thiruvananthapuram: A CBI Particular Court docket on Wednesday sentenced Catholic priest Thomas M Kottur to 2 life phrases and co-convict Sister Steffi to life imprisonment for the homicide of Sister Abhaya in Kottayam 28 years in the past. Choose Okay Sanilkumar additionally imposed fines of Rs 5 lakh every on the 2 convicts.
Kottur has to pay further Rs 1 lakh as positive as he was additionally discovered responsible of trespassing the Pious Tenth Convent, the place Sister Abhaya was discovered lifeless in a effectively on March 27, 1992. Kottur was handed the second life imprisonment beneath Part 449 for barging into the convent.
Kottur was handed the life imprisonment and positive after conviction beneath Part 302 of the IPC. Sister Steffi was additionally convicted and fined beneath the identical Part, aside from 7 years of rigorous imprisonment for tampering with proof beneath Part 201.
The convicts should bear each punishments concurrently.
Earlier, Kottur’s counsel argued that he was affected by numerous illnesses and required common pictures of insulin as he was a power diabetic.
Sister Steffi’s counsel too argued that she was the only assist of her dad and mom and that her pension cash helped them survive. Nonetheless, the court docket didn’t purchase the defence arguments and handed them life imprisonments.
Joemon Puthanpurakal, Convener of Sister Abhaya Motion Council, stated: “The judge has acted as a representative of God; after 28 years, Sister Abhaya has got justice. It’s God’s will to give maximum punishment to the culprits, who committed the cold-blooded murder.”
He stated that their combat will proceed because the convicts will definitely transfer the upper courts for reprieve. “I will fight till the last as these culprits will move the higher courts to get relief. I will go to any extent to see to it that this judgment is upheld.”
Varghese P Thomas, a former CBI Deputy SP and the primary Investigating Officer who had come out with the report that Sister Abhaya was murdered, advised the media: “It’s a clear judgment and both convicts given maximum punishment just short of death penalty. Justice has been upheld. It shows that truth can prevail even after so many years.”
Thomas was pressured to take voluntary retirement from service after his superior officers opposed his findings within the Sister Abhaya case.
Professor Thresiamma, now a retired Professor of BCM School at Kottayam and one of many witnesses, stated: “Truth will always prevail. Even after so many years, truth has come out….”
“I think it was my divine duty to be a witness in this case and its God’s will that I am part of this.”
Thresiamma was a trainer of Sister Abhaya, who was pursuing a pre-degree course on the BCM School on the time of her loss of life. Thresiamma was one of many few witnesses who stood their floor amid intimidation and threats and provides.