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SC hints at handing over Odisha teacher murder probe to CBI


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar Nov 25

The Supreme Court of India yesterday indicated that CBI might take over the investigations of the high profile murder case of Itishree Pradhan, a teaching assistant in the Tikri primary school of Rayagada district in Odisha.

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While hearing a plea of law student Sudipta Lenka, the court expressed disappointment with the investigation carried out by crime branch of Odisha police.

“As per the affidavit filed by the Odisha government, the police have not yet been able to arrest the main culprit, who poured kerosene and torched the teacher. We realize that the case should be handed over to CBI in order to arrest the principal accused,” said the court.

Representing the government, additional solicitor general Nageswar Rao requested the court to allow the government more time to present the detailed investigation report of the case. The Supreme Court agreed and allowed the government a week’s time.

Representing the plaintiff, senior advocate Suresh Tripathy argued for an investigation by an independent agency headed by a retired Judge to figure out administrative lapses and also pointed out that the government of Odisha has not implemented the instructions of the court since March.