Muthoot murder case: Police given permission for poly test



Alappuzha (Kerala): A local court on Tuesday granted permission to a police team probing the murder of businessman Paul Muthoot George for conducting polygraph test on two gangsters figuring in the list of accused in the case.

Police had argued that subjecting the duo-- Om Prakash and Puthenpalam Rajesh-- for polygraph test and narco analysis was necessary to ascertain their involvement in the crime.

The First Class Magistrate Court at Ramankari near here granted the permission on a petition filed by police.

Om Prakash and Rajesh, both proclaimed offenders wanted in several cases, had travelled with George the day he was fatally stabbed by members of a gang, who were on their way to carry out a criminal operation. George was killed near here on August 22.

During interrogation Prakash and Rajesh had told police that they did not commit the crime but had fled fearing arrest after the gangsters stabbed George following a scuffle.

The duo surrendered in Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu on September 8. A total of 24 persons have been arrested in connection with the case.

George was executive director of Kerala-based Muthoot Group which has interests in several areas including finance and hospitality industry.

Bureau Report