Thursday, January 28, 2010

Paul Muthoot George murder case-State to move apex court

The State government is planning to go in appeal before the Supreme Court seeking review of the adverse comments made by the Kerala High Court about the investigation in the Paul Muthoot George murder case.

However, it would not be challenging the court order directing a CBI investigation into the case. The court had criticised the Inspector General of Police (Ernakulam Range) Vinson M. Paul, who oversaw the investigation into the murder, and the manner of the investigation while considering a petition filed by the father of the deceased seeking CBI investigation into the murder.

Official sources said there were more than 30 factual errors in the court order which needed to be corrected. The finding of the court that the Inspector General had held a press conference and described the weapon used for the murder within 24 hours of the murder and before receiving a post mortem report was not correct.

The police officer had seen the post mortem report and questioned the accused before holding the press conference.

It was held 66 hours after the murder.

If those observations were not corrected, that might affect the case.

The government held consultations with the Advocate General and the Director of Prosecution on the government filing the appeal on Thursday.

There is also a view that the affected officials could directly approach the court.

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