Court observed that the lower court has passed the order granting custody with great care and caution
Perumbavoor Magistrate Court in the Ernakulam district has sent all three accused Muhammed Shafi, Bhagaval Singh, and Laila for police custody. The officials said that police sought ten days but were allowed for only nine days.
The Court observed that the lower court has passed the order granting custody with great care and caution and read the 22 points which were mentioned by the lower court in the order. In the petition, they sought to set aside the order granting police custody. They also sought permission to meet their lawyer during the time of interrogation and also sought to not allow to release of the details of the confession statement of the accused through the media.
Earlier, all three accused, Muhammed Shafi, Bhagaval Singh, and Laila approached the Kerala High Court challenging the order of the Judicial First-Class Magistrate Court of Ernakulam granting 12 days of police custody. They sought to set aside the order granting police custody. They also sought permission to meet their lawyer during the time of interrogation while also seeking direction not to allow the release of the details of their confession statement through the media.
On October 13, the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court sent all three accused to police custody till October 24.
Meanwhile, Kerala High Court has dismissed the plea but granted them to meet their lawyer on every alternative day for 15 minutes, but not at the time of interrogation.
While dismissing the petition, Court observed that “the gruesome murder of two women purportedly for human sacrifice, has shocked the people of Kerala.”
Earlier on October 19, Kerala Police launched an extensive search operation to recover the anklet of one of the two deceased women, Padma in the human sacrifice case, according to the police. The police conducted the search at the place shown by prime accused Muhammed Shafi at the Alappuzha-Changanssery canal in the Alappuzha district.
The anklets were made of silver which was allegedly thrown away by Shafi in the canal at Ramankari in the Alappuzha district. The police conducted a search following the statement given by Shafi.
The Kochi Police Commissioner had confirmed that they are interrogating the main accused, Muhammed Shafi, in the Kerala human sacrifice case where two women were brutally killed in the name of a ritual after being lured for money.
The remains of the two deceased women–identified as Padma and Roslin— were exhumed later from pits near the residence of Singh and Laila in the Pathanamthitta district.
“Prime accused Muhammed Shafi’s behaviour was extremely mysterious. The investigation is proceeding with a major focus on Shafi. We are also interrogating his co-prisoners during the time when he was behind the bars in some other cases. We are also probing his financial transactions as his finances significantly rose after he was out of prison,” said Kochi City Police Commissioner C H Nagaraju.
He said the process of evidence collection in Kochi is “almost completed” adding that they rely on cyber evidence which is important in this case. The police remand report of the accused mentions the shocking “human sacrifices” were suspected to have been committed as part of a ritual to obtain financial benefits.
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