Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 30:
Justice PK Mohanty Commission of Inquiry, probing the sensational Pipili gang rape case today submitted its report to the Odisha government.
The Commission submitted its report to the Home secretary.
In it’s over 400 pages report the Commission has held some particular persons responsible for medical negligence and police inaction, sources privy to the report revealed.
The report which was today submitted after four years of the occurrence of the incident has been drawn up after extensive analysis of several aspects.
Whether there was any neglect in medical treatment of the victim and whether police had taken appropriate action in this issue were the terms of reference (ToR) for the Commission of Inquiry. The Commission in its report apart from giving its opinion in accordance with the ToR has held some persons responsible, revealed sources. Further, the Commission has also extensively delved into the aspect of whether any political patronage was given to the accused.
“Both the defence and the victim’s side presented their version arguments based on facts and evidence on every aspect. We are hopeful that everything would have found a place in the Commission’s over 400 pages report,” said Nishikant Mishra lawyer representing the victim’s kin.
Notably, gang rape of a girl student in Arjungoda village on November 29 in 2011 in Pipili area of Puri district had led to a severe public outcry across the state.
Facing flak from all sections over the shameful incident and role of the police, the state government in a bid to the pacify the public on January 13, 2012, constituted a Commission of Inquiry in the matter with retired Orissa High Court judge Justice Pradyumna Kumar Mohanty as its chairman.
The Commission was initially asked to furnish its report within three months. Subsequently, the Commission of Inquiry’s tenure was extended in phases.
More than 100 affidavits were submitted with the Commission during the course of its inquiry. As many as 70 witnesses recorded their statements in 110 hearings of the Commission.