Kerala: The Jolly Joseph Case Is Not As Watertight As Police And Media Claim

Nikhila Henry
KG Simon, the investigating officer in the Koodathayi murder case

KG Simon, the Kozhikode Rural Superintendent of Police, who is heading the investigation into what has been called the Kerala serial murders, was a busy man on Saturday. He started the day by meeting a high-profile visitor at his office in Vadakara town: Loknath Behera, the state police chief, who had come to discuss the investigation strategy for the case of Jolly Joseph, the 47-year-old woman suspected of using sodium cyanide to kill her husband Roy Thomas and five other family members over a period of 14 years in a small village called Koodathayi

After the meeting with Behera, Simon then held discussions with the inspector general of police and four IPS officers. At the end of the day, he sat down with HuffPost India for an in-depth conversation about the case.

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The case, which has kept people inside and outside Kerala hooked with its sensational revelations and daily leaks, poses a stiff challenge to 59-year-old Simon, who will retire next year.

But a conversation with him indicates that the police’s case is centred primarily around suspicion, circumstantial evidence and the confessions of Joseph and the two other accused, which may not hold up to court scrutiny. The law says that confessions made in police custody are admissible in court only if recorded before a magistrate. Even as many media reports make it seem like the case is watertight, there appear to be several missing links.

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