Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 23:
After media reports, the state government today transferred the then stenographer of former Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Marik for allegedly meeting Dhalsamanta brothers in court over 10 days ago.
The former steno of Marik—Rabindra Kumar Sethi–has been transferred to South-Western range DIG office from Human Rights Protection Cell (HRPC).
“Rabindra Kumar Sethi has been transferred as his performance was unsatisfactory. Besides, he has served for over 12 years at one station,” informed DGP KB Singh.
However, Sethi refuted the allegations of meeting the gangster siblings in court premises.
“I am on leave for one month as my son is appearing matriculation examination. I had gone to a bank near the court. After seeing huge rush near the court premises, I went near to it and found out that the Dhalsamanta brother were being produced before the court. He smiled at me and I too reciprocated as well. When someone asked whether I knew him, I replied in affirmative as we are of the same batch, but in different schools,” Sethi said.
On February 13, Sethi had allegedly met the Dhalsamanta brothers while they were being produced before the SDJM court. The Twin City Commissionerate Police had produced the duo before the court to seek permission for polygraph test on them.
As per reports, Sethi went close to Sushil Dhalsamanta and whispered something in his ear. Though he was noway connected with the police duty there, his presence raised many questions.
Former IGP and parliamentarian Anadi Charan Sahu has again targeted Sanjeev Marik over this development.
“Earlier, Sanjeev Marik had claimed that he did not know Dhalsamanta brothers. His stenographer had met DS brothers asking them not to reveal anything about Marik. Now as the police will reopen the Mohammed Farook Tayeb murder case, Marik’s involvement will come out,” former IGP Anadi Charan Sahu said.