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Bitti father had no role in forgery: Kerala cops

The visiting Kerala police team during the verification of Raghav Rajan’s educational records had found them to be forged.

Rape convict Bitti Mahanti’s father and former DGP B B Mahanti apparently had no role in forging documents that helped Bitti create the identity of Raghav Rajan,the visiting team of Kerala Police said.

The visiting Kerala police team during the verification of Raghav Rajan’s educational records had found them to be forged. All his certificates,from school to engineering college,was in the name of Bitti Mahanti.

To ascertain whether B B Mahanti helped his son forge the new identity of Raghav Rajan,the team quizzed him at the officer of Cuttack Deputy Commissioner of Police Saturday morning. The investigating team also asked him whether he was aware about Bitti’s stay in Kannur in Kerala before his arrest.

After questioning him,the inspector heading the Kerala team said,prima facie,there is nothing to prove Mahanti’s role in forgery.

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“He appears to be innocent,” said Josy Joseph of the Kerala police team. Incidentally,a photocopy of Mahanti’s official ID card was found in the Puttaparthi room of Bitti,where he stayed as Raghav Rajan after jumping parole.

Mahanti said he has all admiration and respect for law and would cooperate with the police. The Kerala Police also said he also identified Raghav Rajan as his son Bitti. Incidentally,soon after the arrest,Mahanti had said he doubted whether the youth arrested in Kerala was his son.