The Judicial First Class Magistrate Court, Nedumkandam, on Tuesday, extended the remand of M.M. Mani, former Idukki district secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), till December 17.

The District and Sessions Court in Thodupuzha rejected his bail application on Monday.

Mani was produced before the magistrate court from the Peerumade sub-jail by 11 a.m. He was arrested on November 21 in a reopened case of murder of an Indian National Trade Union Congress worker, Anchery Baby, on November 13, 1982. He is the second accused.

Kanikari Kuttan is the first accused and O.G. Madanan, third accused. The magistrate court will take up a police request for custody of the two on Wednesday.

The case was reopened after Mani said in a public speech at Manakkad, near Thodupuzha, that his party had a hit list of 13 opponents and three of them had been eliminated. His bail petition was rejected as the public prosecutor argued that the investigation was at an initial stage and if the accused was released on bail, he was likely to influence the investigation.

Mani is now left with the option to move the Kerala High Court, which had earlier rejected his petition against arrest after the special investigation team issued him notice for interrogation.

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