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Kochi: In a controversial move, despite the Kerala High Court staying till December 10 the transfer of Bitti Mohanty, a rape convict who was arrested from Kannur after jumping parole in Rajasthan, the Kerala police has sent him to Jaipur.

The Kerala Armed Police has taken Bitti to Jaipur by the Kurla Express at around 8.45 p.m Friday to be produced before the Jaipur Metropolitan court on December 9, Bitti's counsel Nicholas Joseph told PTI from Kannur.

This was illegal and they would be moving a contempt plea before the Kerala High court on Monday, he said.

The stand of the jail superintendent was that the accused had already been handed over to the Armed police by around Friday noon. The stand of the Kerala police that there was a production warrant for the accused in Jaipur was not justifiable, the counsel said, adding, Bitti "is in police custody without having authority given by a court of law."

Despite being informed by the Court Registrar by around 4 p.m that the accused should not be taken to Rajasthan, the Kerala Armed Police declined to heed it, counsel said.

Justice Harun-Ul Rashid of the Kerala High court had Friday directed that the accused should not be transferred to a Jaipur jail till December 10. The direction was issued on a plea by Bitti challenging his transfer.

Bitti was arrested from Kannur on March 8 on charges of impersonation, forgery and cheating after it was found that he had managed to get a job as trainee officer in a branch of State Bank of Travancore under a new name Raghav Rajan.

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