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Counsel says Bitti taken to Jaipur illegally

Counsel says Bitti taken to Jaipur illegally

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

The Kerala Armed Police took Bitti to Jaipur by the Kurla Express at around 8.45 pm on Friday to be produced before the Jaipur metropolitan court on December 9, Bitti's counsel Nicholas Joseph said. 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 Friday noon. The stand of the 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".


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