CUTTACK: The Orissa High Court on Thursday observed that the Crime Branch (CB) can take up further investigation into the Pipili case and examine the culpability of police and doctors in the incident in accordance with law.
A Division Bench of Chief Justice V Gopalagowda and Justice BN Mohapatra made the observation during hearing on the submission made by petitioner Prabir Das who has prayed for investigation into the role of local police and doctors in the case.
The CB on Thursday submitted a status report in the case and said that the chargesheets had been filed but the investigation was still open. The victim’s statement had not been recorded as the girl is still in a comatose state.
The SCB Medical College and Hospital authorities also submitted a report detailing the condition of the victim girl. The patient had developed pneumonia and septicaemia with respiratory failure since March 19.
She had to be immediately put on life support system, including mechanical ventilator, and other support measures were initiated to revive her. The patient’s vital signs are now stable though her condition continues to be critical. The high-level expert team is continuously monitoring her condition and providing her prompt treatment. She is undergoing treatment at Central ICU of the hospital since January 11.