BHUBANESWAR: The State Government directive to Commissionerate of Police on Biplab Prakas Mohanty case has baffled many when the latter is found to have been charged with ragging.
The Government directive to the city police came at a time when a case relating to the student was pending before the Orissa High Court and the Commissioner of Police had submitted a report against Mohanty to the Orissa Human Rights Commission (OHRC).
On the directive of the OHRC, Police Commissioner BK Sharma investigated a case registered in Khandagiri police station against Biplab and submitted a report to the Commission on November 16, 2011 saying there was sufficient and credible evidence against the student for committing crime under various sections of the IPC. Interestingly, OHRC directed the Commissioner of Police to probe the Biplab case following a petition from the latter against the decision of the college authority to rusticate him in a ragging case.
Sanjiv Kumar, a first year student of CV Raman College of Engineering, lodged a complaint with the college authorities on February 1 last year alleging that he was abused, assaulted and ragged by Biplab in the college canteen. The college authority referred the case to Khandagiri police station.
After examining the case, the anti-ragging committee of the college recommended Biplab’s expulsion and accordingly the principal of the college rusticated him on February 7, 2011. The student moved OSHC against the order of the principal.
Since the college did not allow Biplab to appear for the sixth semester last year, he moved the Orissa High Court seeking a direction to the college to allow him to appear in the examination. Following protest from the students against Biplab, the High Court directed Biju Patnaik University of Technology to change his examination centre.
Alleging that Biplab is having 19 back papers and not eligible to appear for the sixth semester, the college took exception to the last month directive of BPUT to allow him to appear for the seventh semester. BPUT directive has been challenged in the High Court, a press release from the college said.