The first phase of investigation into the alleged forgery and impersonation committed by Bittihotra Mohanty, absconding rape case convict arrested here on March 8, has reached a crucial stage with police squads from here gathering evidence in Rajasthan, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
The accused was brought back here from Rajasthan by a squad early on Monday after completing an investigation to confirm the identity of the accused.
Bitti had been working in the State Bank of Travancore branch at Pazhayangadi as Raghav Rajan and had done an MBA course at the Chinmaya Mission Institute of Technology here using that name.
The police team verified the identity of Bitti in Alwar Jail from where he had jumped parole in 2006 after being sentenced to a seven-year jail term for raping a German national.
Another team completed an investigation in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, where Bitti had done his schooling and taken his B.Tech. degree. The squad members are expected to reach here on Tuesday. Another squad had returned from Puttaparthi after investigation to trace the fake identity of Bitti.
Police officers involved in the investigation said a high-level meeting of police officials would be held here on Tuesday to review the progress of investigation and to decide on extending his police custody from March 21.
A production warrant submitted by the Rajasthan Police team to the special sub-jail here is valid till March 21.
The team is expected to submit a fresh warrant that day.
If the Kerala Police approach the court for extension of custody, the Rajasthan Police should wait for Bitti’s custody for a few more days.
The investigating team here has turned their focus on the alleged forgery carried out by Bitti for securing admission at Chintech and getting recruited in the bank.
Sources in the team said the investigators examined and collected documents from the bank and the college to trace the forgery trail of Bitti, who had forged all his educational certificates and documents to join the MBA course and get recruited in the bank under the fake name.
They said that records collected from the bank and the college are being examined to unravel the forgery.