Court extends police remand of Jolly till Oct 18

A Kerala court on Wednesday extended till Friday the police custody of Jolly Joseph and two others in connection with the suspicious deaths of six members of a family here over 14 years from 2002, allegedly after consuming cyanide-laced food.

Jolly, M.S Mathew and Prajikumar were produced before the Thamarassery court in Kozhikode on Wednesday evening by police as their six-day remand ended.

The prosecution sought extension of remand arguing that the accused will have to be taken to Coimbatore for collecting evidence as one of the accused had allegedly purchased cyanide from there.

"The remand has been extended by the court for two more days. Their bail applications have been posted to October 19," counsel for the accused said.

Probe into the suspicious deaths began after Rojo, the U.S-based brother of Jolly's first husband Roy Thomas, filed a complaint seeking a probe into the 6 deaths-- including that of his parents, brother and three other family members.