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Abhaya murder case: CBI questiones forensic scientist

By Vicky Nanjappa in Bengaluru
July 01, 2009 20:34 IST
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A team of the Central Bureau of Investigation questioned former assistant director of Forensic Sciences Laboratory, Dr S Malini, who conducted the narco-analysis on the Fr Jose Puthrakoil, Fr Thomas Kuttoor and Sr Sephy in connection with the Sister Abhaya murder case.

The CBI team was in Bengaluru to question Dr Malini following an Ernakulam court directive. The directive was issued following an allegation made by the defence cousel in the case alleging that that the narco-analysis CDs of the accused was edited to suit the case of the prosecution.

It was also submitted that the CDs were sent to the Centre for Development of Imaging Technology, where it was confirmed that the same had been edited.

During the question the Forensic Sciences Laboratory, Bengaluru, clarified that the CD was not edited as alleged. It had been paused deliberately so as to allow the accused to take a break as was requested by him.

The FSL also clarified that narco-analysis is not like shooting a film. The recording was stopped to give the accused some time, the CBI was told.

It was also said that the accused are all above the age of 50 and suffering from multiple ailments. Though they had given their consent to undergo a narco-analysis test, they had not co-operated during the test. When they were questioned they were uncomfortable, the CBI was also told.

Moreover, the accused were administered with IV fluids as a result of which they had to attend to a nature call very often, and due to this the recording of the test had to be stopped several times.

Citing Sr Sephy's incident, the CBI was told that she was suffering from blood pressure and despite being told to take her medicines before the test she had not done so.

Soon after the commencement of the test, Sr Sephy started vomiting and said she wanted to use the bed pan, which could not have been recorded.

We had to cut short Sephy's narco test to 18 minutes due to her deteriorating health, the CBI was told.

CBI officials when contacted for more details of the inquiry refused to comment on the issue.

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