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Mohanty panel rejects govt plea; insists on affidavit by Home minister in Pipli case


OST Bureau
Cuttack, Dec 27:

The more the Naveen Patnaik government tries to bury the infamous Pipli gang rape and murder case, the more it appears to come back to haunt it. In the latest of a series of setbacks in the case, the Justice P K Mohanty Commission of Enquiry, which is probing the much talked about case, on Thursday rejected the affidavit filed by the state government counsel on Thursday.

The panel asked the state government to show cause within three weeks why the state’s Home minister (Naveen Patnaik) should not file an affidavit before the Commission.

The Commission, which recorded the statements of Dr Durgesh Saw, who as a PG student had first examined the victim in the SCB medical college and hospital here, decided against recording of the statements of the remaining doctors saying that it was not needed.

Nishikant Mishra, counsel for Babuli Behera, the victim’s father, said the Commission had fixed January 18 for the next hearing. Behera will be recording his statements on that day, he added.

Mishra had earlier filed an application before the Commission seeking an affidavit from the Home minister, which is held by the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, to file an affidavit in the case.

The state government counsel, however, had filed the affidavit stating that there was no need for an affidavit from the home minister when the home secretary and the DGP had already filed the affidavits.