HC satisfied with probe team of Sister Abhaya case

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Kochi, Nov 4 (UNI) The Kerala High Court today expressed satisfaction over the new CBI team constitituted to investigate the Sister Abhaya case and directed it to file an interim report within 45 days.

Mr Justice R Basant made it clear that the Court was convinced that the team consisted of officers with competence and professionalism.

CBI Dy SP Nandakumar K Nair, the investigating officer, and his associate K A Darwin met Mr Justice Basant in his chamber earlier in the day.

The Court said the investigating officer should be made free of all other duties and should make all efforts to find the truth in the case.

The Court also directed the investigating team to file an interim report on the case before the Court and the Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) within 45 days.

The Court said the investigating officer could approach it if there were ''external influences'' on the case.

The Court's earlier order directing the CJM to monitor progress of the investigation should be complied with.

The Court issued the orders while considering a report filed by the CJM that the former's order to the CBI to transfer the case file to the CBI Kochi unit was not complied with.

The Court will further consider the case on February four, 2009.

Yesterday the Court had asked the CBI to explain why it had entrusted the investigation to a police official of the rank of Dy SP and directed the investigating officer to appear before it.

The body of Sister Abhaya was found in the well of the Pius Xth Convent at Kottayam in 1992.

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