Abhaya who woke up to study in the early hours, walked down to the kitchen from her room to fetch cold water from the fridge.
In the dark, she reportedly saw Jose and Sephy in an intimate position, and Kutoor standing around.
Initially, Abhaya feared burglars had broken into the kitchen, as a burglary had been reported two days earlier.
Abhaya reportedly raised an alarm, but soon realised who they were. Fearing a scandal, Sephy allegedly hit Abhaya on the head with a kitchen implement.
Abhaya fell to the ground, unconscious. The threesome reportedly confessed that they had dumped her body in a well to make it look like a suicide.
After daybreak, they informed Sister Benecacia and asked her to alert the police.
The Kottayam West police took up a case of unnatural death and concluded that Abhaya had committed suicide.
When the case was referred to the crime branch, they again said it was a case of suicide.
However, on the insistence of Abhaya's father Thomas, the Kerala high court directed the CBI to investigate the case.
The CBI concluded it was murder, but said it couldn't trace the culprits.
Why are the investigators so scared? Who is shielding the killers?
Why was the CBI so anxious to close the case?
>>A K Ohri, deputy superintendent of police, CBI, told the chief judicial magistrate in 1996 that the identity of the killers could not be established.
>>He urged the court to close the case.
>>The magistrate did not accept request, and directed the CBI to track down the killers.
>>The CBI filed a second closure report through Surendra Paul, DySP, on August 25, 2005. The court again asked the CBI to probe further.
>>On August 21, 2006, the CBI filed its third closure report through R R Sahai, additional superintendent of police.
>>The court insisted that the CBI investigate further using scientific methods.
>>Based on the court's direction, the CBI brought the two priests and the nun for a narco test.
How a cop escaped narco
>>The CBI brought to Bangalore V V Augustin, the then additional sub-inspector, Kottayam West, accused of manipulating Abhaya's post mortem report.
>>Doctors performed a routine check-up on him prior to the narco test, and found three blocks in his heart.
>>Jayadeva Hospital suggested that the 63-year-old former cop undergo surgery.
>>Doctors at the hospital volunteered to perform free surgery to help expedite the investigations.
>>The surgery was successful, but doctors did not give consent for a narco test, saying Augustin wasn't fit enough for it.
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Robinson, 66, is charged with strangling and stabbing Sister Margaret Ann Pahl. He has pleaded innocent to aggravated murder.
Prosecutors told the judge that they have given defense lawyers all of their evidence collected so far. Those items include polygraph tests from 1980, lab reports and autopsy results.
Prosecutors are still waiting on DNA tests and hope to have that information in six weeks, said Gary Cook, an assistant county prosecutor.
Investigators exhumed and examined Sister Pahl's body in April to look for new evidence.
Robinson, long a suspect in the death of Pahl, 71, was arrested April 23. Investigators have described the killing as ritualistic.
Margaret Ann Pahl was born April 6, 1909, the fourth of nine children of Edgerton farmers Frank and Catherine Pahl.
Sr. Margaret Ann Pahl on the extreme right in white robs. An Angel
The premier investigating agency made the allegation in its reply to discharge petitions filed by two priests and a nun, who have been chargesheeted in the sensational Sister Abhaya murder case, at the CBI court in the state capital.
Terming the charge false and fabricated, the Archeparchy of Kottayam said they will file a defamation case against the investigating agency.
Sabu Kurian, a spokesperson of the Archdiocese, said that the CBI charge was based on a baseless allegation made by former BCM college professor, Thresiamma.
He told the Khaleej Times that Thresiamma had been trying to tarnish the image of the Church ever since she lost a case related to her promotion in the church-run college. He said that the CBI was trying to drag the name of the bishop into the case after the accused challenged its findings.
Thresiamma had alleged that the Archbishop had an affair with a nun named Lucy, a fellow teacher at the BCM College, when she lived at Pius X Convent, where Sister Abhaya was found dead in 1992. She said that the college principal who resented the bishop’s ways was forced to take voluntary retirement.
According to the CBI affidavit, Father Thomas Kottoor and Father Thomas Puthrukkayil, who have already been arrested by the agency in connection with the murder of Sister Abhaya, had also close relations with the sister.
It said the two priests had helped the Archbishop to meet Sister Lucy, who was sharing the stellar room with Sister Sephy, the third accused in the case.
The two priests have been accused of murdering Sister Abhaya after she noticed their illicit relationship with Sister Sephy. Aleppey Medical College forensic surgeons Dr Rama and Dr Lalithambika Karunakaran, who conducted a virginity test on the nun, confirmed that Sephy had continuously engaged in sexual intercourse and she had a transplanted hymen.
The stellar room, where Sephy and Lucy lived, had no access to outsiders after 10.30 in the night.