Jolly tries to influence witnesses, says complaints; prison staff rejects allegations

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The inmates of the prison are given facility to make phone calls through calling card system. It allows to put a card in a machine and make calls.

Kozhikode: A complaint has arisen that the key accused in Koodathai serial killing case Jolly Joseph is trying to influence the witnesses by contacting them over phone from the prison.

It is alleged that Jolly called the witnesses including Romo, the key witness and son of Jolly Joseph and late Roy Thomas. The relatives filed a complaint to North Zone IG Ashok Yadav in this regard. Following this, DIG for prisons Vinod Kumar submitted a probe report as directed by Director General of Prisons Rishiraj Singh.

Muhammed Bava, one of the major witnesses in the case and neighbour of the victims, told that the accused called the witnesses after the chargesheet was prepared and the name of only Romo can be revealed now. Jolly called Romo expecting that she can easily escape if her son supported. However, Romo asked her not to call him again. Muhammed Bava added that he is not satisfied in the probe.

Meanwhile, Jail Superintendent V Jayakumar told the allegation that Jolly tried to influence witnesses is wrong and that she called from the official number given to the prisoners. The inmates of the prison are given facility to make phone calls through calling card system. It allows to put a card in a machine and make calls. Upto three number can be saved in the card. Calls are connected to these numbers from the official number only.

Also the prisoners make the calls in the presence of prison authorities. So, the allegation that she tried influence witness is baseless. The prisoners can make calls for upto Rs 250 a month. Calls are automatically recorded, but the receiver cannot be identified. She cannot be asked not to call her son only because he is a witness, the Jail Superintendent added.

If there is a complaint that Jolly tried to influence the witnesses, they can file the complaint to the Jail Superintendent. But no such complaint has been lodged yet, he said. Similar details are pointed out in the report submitted by DIG for prisons Vinod Kumar.

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