Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, March 17:
The Supreme Court of India yesterday pulled up the Odisha Government for the arrest of Sangram Mohanty, son of Odisha Jan Morcha (OJM) Dandapani Mohanty, who played mediator between the state government and Maoists in two hostage crises in 2011 and 2012.
Sangram was arrested by Odisha police again after he was released on bail on January 27 this year.
The Supreme Court bench consisting of Justice V Gopal Gowda and Justice C Nagappan rebuked the government in strong words for its failure to act on its directive to present its case
Irked by the request made by Siba Shankar Mishra, the lawyer representing the state government, for an additional two weeks’ time to submit its deposition, the court pointed out that the state police had arrested Sangram even though the Supreme Court itself had granted him bail.
The bench went on to ask, “Why this act should be not considered contempt of court? Does the police believe in rule of law or does it consider itself too smart?”.
The bench further warned that it could summon the Police DG himself, if required. Lawyer Mishra promised to the court to get the arrest report from the police SP and submit it in the court within two weeks.
Badagada police inspector BK Routray and Sorada police inspector Santosh Kumar Jena had to make personal appearances in the court with supporting documents in the court yesterday.
While Sangram’s lawyer Suresh Chandra Tripathy wanted to submit a rejoinder following the submission of report by the state government, the bench opined that there would be no need.
It may be noted that OJM leader Sangram was first arrested by Sorada Police on December 5, 2012 for his alleged involvement in Maoist activities.