Kerala court extends police custody of Jolly Joseph and two others till Oct 18

A Kerala court on Wednesday extended till Friday the police custody of Jolly Joseph and two others in connection with the suspicious deaths of six members of a family here over 14 years from 2002, allegedly after consuming cyanide-laced food.

Jolly, M S Mathew and Prajikumar were produced before the Thamarassery court here this evening by police as their six-day remand ended.

The prosecution sought extension of remand arguing that the accused will have to be taken to Coimbatore for collecting evidence as one of the accused had allegedly purchased cyanide from there.

“The remand has been extended by the court for two more days. Their bail applications have been posted to October 19,” counsel for the accused said.

Probe into the suspicious deaths began after Rojo, the US-based brother of Jolly’s first husband Roy Thomas, filed a complaint seeking a probe into the 6 deaths– including that of his parents, brother and three other family members.

As investigations began, Jolly was arrested early this month along with the two others.

Six separate cases have been registered and investigation is in progress.

Meanwhile, Rojo and sister Renji and Jolly’s two sons appeared before investigating officers for the second day to record their statements.

Crime branch officials also questioned Shaju, Jolly’s present husband and his father Xavier for the third time regarding the death of Sili, Shaju’s first wife.

Sili’s relatives raised a fresh complaint on Wednesday stating that their sister died on the day she went for a wedding and about 320 gm of gold ornaments had gone missing.

Among the dead were Annamma (2002) and Tom Thomas (2008), parents of Roy. They died in 2011.

Three other relatives, including a one-year-old girl child, had also died in a suspicious manner.

Jolly married Roy’s relative Shaju in 2017.

Italian marines to be under SC ‘custody’ in Delhi

Charges of killing two Indian fishermen has being facing by the two Italian marines facing, will be shifted to Delhi from Kerala and be under the ‘custody’ of the Supreme Court till the Centre constitutes a special court to hold their trial.

Clarifying its order hours after it passed the verdict on the plea of Italy government rejecting their claim that Indian courts have no jurisdiction in the case, the Supreme Court told that the marines will remain in Delhi and they will report to Chanakyapuri police station till the special court is set up.

It also said that their passport, which is under the custody of Kerala Court, will be handed over to the ministry of home affairs.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir said that Italian Embassy will arrange for their stay and it will monitor their movements. It said that all the conditions imposed on them by the Kerala court, while granting them bail will remain till special court is set up.

Kerala HC refuses to stay ban on pan masala

Kerala High Court on Thursday refused to stay the state government’s ban on manufacture, storage and sale of gutka, pan masala and their variants containing tobacco and nicotine.

Declining to stay the May 22 last government order invoking the provisions of Food Safety and Standards Regulation Act, 2011 to ban the products, Justice T R Ramachandran Nair said prima facie he found no reason to interfere with the order.

However, the Kerala court directed the government to grant more time to remove stocks of the banned products from the state and asked it to issue a circular notifying the date for shifting the stock confiscated at various checkposts as well as in godowns of distributors.

The order was issued on a batch of petitions by the manufacturers of panmasala and gutka products challenging the legality of the government order and seeking a stay on it.Kerala Government had slapped the ban citing increasing incidence of diseases like oral cancer.

Source: PTI

Judicial custody of Italian marines extended

A Kerala court Monday extended till April 30 the judicial custody of the two Italian security officials arrested for gunning down two Indian fishermen.

Latorre Massimillano and Salvatore Girone have been lodged in the central prison here. The court in Kollam had sent them to 14 days custody on Feb 20 and police were initially given three days to interrogate them. This was extended twice.

Two Indian fishermen, Ajesh Binki, 25, and Gelastine, 45, were allegedly mistaken as pirates and shot dead by the two security crew of cargo vessel Enrica Lexie Feb 15, about 14 nautical miles off Alappuzha in Kerala.

The two are lodged in a special room in the prison and their demand for a TV set was earlier turned down by the court.

Three Italian ministers have visited the duo.



Mid-sea collision: Ship captain sent to judicial custody

A Kerala court Wednesday sent to 14 days’s judicial custody the captain of a vessel suspected to be involved in a mid-sea collision with a fishing boat off the coast here March 1 that killed five fishermen.

Gordon Charles Pereira, the captain of ship Prabhu Daya owned by a Singapore firm, was brought from Chennai by a team of Kerala Police and was presented in court.

A first class judicial magistrate here sent him to 14 days’ judicial custody. He is likely to be lodged at Alappuzha jail near here.

Besides Pereira, another officer of the ship, Virendra Kumar Chauhan, is in judicial custody. He was arrested March 9.