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Archbishop named in murder case
Kottayam archdiocese threatens to sue over 'defamatory' allegations
- ucanews.com reporter, Thiruvananthapuram
- July 25, 2012
AÂ ChurchÂ spokesperson saidÂ yesterday that the archdiocese would file a criminal case against the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the media for defaming â€śour most respected leader and the Religious.â€ť
The move follows aÂ CBI statement given to a court in Kerala, southern India, on Monday, which saidÂ Archbishop Kuriakose of Kottayam had been involved in an illicit affair with another nun who was staying at the convent at the same timeÂ the murder of Sister Abhaya took place.
The 19-year-old nunâ€™s body was found in the well of St Pius X convent in Kottayam on March 27, 1992. Two priests and a nun were accused of the murder in 2008 â€“ 16 years later.
The CBI statement quoted the testimony of a female professor who alleges that the accused priests and nun had facilitated Archbishop Kunnasseryâ€™s alleged sexual escapades with one Sister Lousy who wasÂ teaching with herÂ in the archdiocesan college.
The archbishop, who is now 84, retired six years ago.
However, archdiocesan officials have categorically denied the CBI allegations.
Archdiocesan spokesperson Father Abraham Parambettu said the CBI is out to defame Church leaders since it has not found sufficient evidence against the three accused.
â€śItâ€™s shameful. It [the CBI] has been probing the case for 19 years and has now scripted a crime thriller without evidence,â€ť the priest said yesterday.
The priest dismissed the CBI statement as â€śfalse and defamatory,â€ť and said there was no nun called LousyÂ teaching at the college.
â€śThe investigation agency could have verified this fact with the college,â€ť Fr Parambettu said.
Abhaya interrogation broadcasts shock Kerala Church