Cuttack, Feb 2:
The state Home department on Saturday made it clear that chief minister Naveen Patnaik would not file an affidavit before the Justice PK Mohanty Commission of Inquiry probing the much-talked-about Pipili gang-rape case.
“Since the Home secretary has already filed an affidavit in this regard in accordance with the rules framed by the Governor under Article 166 of the Constitution, the chief minister is not required file an affidavit”, the department said in its affidavit.
The affidavit also informed that the state DGP and several other police officers, including the former Puri SP have also filed affidavits in the matter before the Commission.
However, not satisfied with the contention of the government, the counsel for the victim’s father Nishikant Mishra sought permission of the Commission to file a rejoinder to the government’s affidavit.
The Commission has allowed Mishra to file his rejoinder on the next date of hearing scheduled on February 25.
Since the cross-examination of the victim’s father by the counsels for the government remained incomplete on Saturday, the Commission decided to take it up on February 25 as well.