The major defendant in the murder of sister Abhaya in Kerala is granted bail.

Sister Sephy and Father Thomas Kottoor were found guilty of the murder of Sister Abhaya, a 19-year-old nun, on December 23, 2020, by a CBI Court in Thiruvananthapuram . They were sentenced to life in prison for the 19-year-old Catholic nuns body inside St Pius Convent in Kottayam district of Kerala on March 27, 1992 .

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) India, June 23: Sister Sephy and Father Thomas Kottoor were found guilty of the murder of Sister Abhaya, a 19-year-old nun, on December 23, 2020, by a CBI Court in Thiruvananthapuram.They were then sentenced to life in prison for the 19-year-old Catholic nuns' body inside St Pius Convent in Kottayam district of Kerala on March 27, 1992, and the case which was first investigated by local police was moved to the crime department.Both the investigations revealed it to be a suicide.In 1993, an action committee was formed, led by activist Jomon Puthenpurackal, who challenged the conclusions and the investigation was eventually reported to the CBI.

Following the CBI's hearing, the CBI arrested two Catholic priests, Fr Thomas Kottoor and Fr Jose Puthrukkayil, and the nun, Sr Sephy.Puthrukkayil was released by the tribunal in 2018, but statements by Adakka Raju, a thief who happened to be in the convent on the night of stealing, who claimed to have seen the accused convicted them, along with the findings of few police officers who investigated the case at the start.In the investigation, almost eight witnesses, including crucial ones, turned hostile.Abhaya had been a pre-degree student at a Catholic university and an inmate at the Pious Xth Convent Hostel when the incident occurred.