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KOCHI: The Kerala High Court dismissed the plea by the state government for cancelling the bail granted by the Ettumanoor First Class Magistrate Court to two police officers arrested on the charge of taking bribe from an accused in a case relating to the alleged honour killing of Kevin P Joseph of Kottayam.

Dismissing the petition, the court said there was no need to keep the accused police personnel in custody. If they were to be interrogated, summons could be issued under Section 160 of the Criminal Procedure Code (police officer’s power to require attendance of witnesses).

The magistrate had granted bail to assistant sub-inspector T M Biju and police driver M N Ajayakumar of Gandhi Nagar police station, Kottayam.

They were charged with the offences under Section 384 (extortion) of IPC and Section 115 (bribe-taking and extortion by a police officer) of the Kerala Police Act.

The police charge was that the accused who were on patrol duty had intercepted a car at about 2.30 a.m. on May 26.

The two had threatened the persons inside the car that they would be booked for some offences, unless they paid money.

They had extorted an amount of Rs 2,000 from Shyanu, the brother of Neenu and an accused in Kevin murder case.

According to the state government, the custodial interrogation of the accused was essential.

The alleged amount received by them was yet to be recovered from the accused besides questioning other witnesses.

The grant of bail to the accused would adversely affect the investigation as there was every chance of witnesses being influenced or threatened by them.

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