The Ramankary Judicial First Class Magistrate, Subitha Chirakkal, on Saturday rejected the bail petition submitted by Om Prakash and Rajesh, 15th and 16th accused in the Paul Muthoot George murder case.

The bail plea was rejected after the prosecution argued that investigation into the sensational murder was still in its preliminary stages and that there was every possibility of the two accused using their clout to influence witnesses and the other accused in the case.

Moreover, the two were still in police custody. The seven day custodial period would end only on Monday.

Both Prakash and Rajesh, known offenders prior to the Muthoot murder case, have been charged with attempts to destroy evidence and not informing the police about the murder. The prosecution also argued

that it was yet to be ascertained whether the two could be charged with conspiracy in connection with the murder, since details of the nature of their involvement in the entire case was still vague.

Speaking to The Hindu, Defence advocate Priyadarshan Thampy said a fresh bail application would be submitted in the Alappuzha Sessions Court next week.

Mr.Thampy said the prosecution had also filed a report with the court, stating that the mobile phone call details of Prakash and Rajesh were to be ascertained and hence they could not be granted bail. However,

the report was not provided to the defence. This would be raised before the Sessions Court, he said.

Meanwhile, both Prakash and Rajesh were produced before the Ramankary Court in the afternoon to identify articles seized from the crime scene and from the Ford Endeavour vehicle in which they had made away after the murder.

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