Kerala police ready for shifting of Muthoot case probe



Kochi: In a twist to the case relating to the murder of Muthoot business group scion Paul George, Kerala Police on Monday told the high court that the investigation could be entrusted to another team or agency if there were doubts about the probe by the Special Investigation Team (SIT).

Police made the submission in a statement before a Division Bench hearing a petition seeking CBI probe filed by M G George Muthoot, chairman of the Muthoot group and Paul's father.

Paul was murdered last August.

A V George, SP, Special Branch, submitted the 13-page statement before Chief Justice S R Bannurmath and Justice Thothathil B Radhakrishnan.

However, during the hearing, Director General of Prosecutions V G Govindan Nair, said the probe could not be handed over to CBI without the state government's consent.

The bench viewed in the open court for about 40 minutes the CD of the media briefing by IGP Vinson M Paul at Alapzuha about the case.

The police also produced some photographs to show the close acquaintance of the prime accused Omprakash with Paul.

Police in the statement pointed out that Paul had allegedly been in the company of two Iranian girl students, studying in Pune, from August 7 onwards. They had stayed together and cruised in a houseboat in Alapuzha and Omprakash was also along with them. This showed intimacy between Omprakash and Paul, police said and produced some photographs in support of their contention.

PTI