The Special Investigation Team probing the Paul Muthoot George murder case has on Wednesday moved the court to conduct a polygraph test on Om Prakash and Rajesh, the 15th and 16th accused in the case.
The team submitted a petition to this effect in the Ramankary Judicial First Class Magistrate court, pointing out that a polygraph test was necessary since it was not yet clear how Prakash and Rajesh, both known offenders even prior to the Muthoot murder case, were involved in the killing of Paul. Magistrate Subitha Chirakkal has posted the hearing on the petition to Friday.
Earlier, the SIT produced before the court Abby and Sulfi, also accused in the case and whose arrests were recorded late on Tuesday night. The two were remanded to police custody till September 26.
The SIT requested for police custody of the two for 10 days, pointing out the fact that the duo had to be taken to Coimbatore and Salem, where they had stayed for a few days after fleeing from Alappuzha following the murder.
The two had also destroyed their mobile phone SIM cards. Enquiries into their call details too were necessary. However, only three days’ of custody was allowed.
Abby was listed as the accused in the case after it came to light that he had hired the gang led by Jayachandran, which had an altercation with Paul resulting in his killing on August 22 near the Jyothi Junction on the Alappuzha-Changanassery Road. Sulfi is said to be Abby’s accomplice.
Hearing on a bail petition submitted by the two has been posted to Friday.
With Abby and Sulfi in the net, only two of the 25 accused that the police named initially in the case now remain at large.