OST Crime Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 28:
Siddharth Patra, a medico and prime accused in the sensational 1999 Balasore sex scandal, surrendered before CBI court here on Monday 13 years after an arrest warrant was issued against him by a court here.
He was sent to 14 days’ judicial custody after his bail plea was rejected by the local court here. The CBI had announced Rs 1 lakh cash reward on Patra, a doctor by profession, who was on the run since September 28, 2001. Earlier, a trial court had declared him a ‘proclaimed offender’.
The alleged sex scandal had rocked the State after the victim, who was then studying Plus III in KKS Women’s College in Balasore, accused four persons, including a suspended IAS officer, of attempting to rape her on July 9, 1999 in an apartment in Nayapalli area in Bhubaneswar. A woman teacher Pravasini Kar, the mother of Sidharth and also the teacher of the victim, and an Indian Information services (IIS) officer were the other key accused in the case.
The scandal involved luring of girl students by Pravasini Kar from Balasore to Bhubaneswar for sexual exploitation. The girl was allegedly taken to the apartment by Kar, a physical training instructor of the college who was accused of exploiting girls of the district on the pretext of providing jobs to them.
Patra was accused of criminal conspiracy and charged under Sections 120B, 506 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). He was absconding since September 28, 2001 and the Court of Special Chief Judicial Magistrate (CBI), Bhubaneswar issued warrants of arrest against him. The investigating agency made efforts to apprehend him, but in vain. On August 2, 2013, the CBI had announced Rs 1 lakh reward for people providing information leading to the arrest of Patra.