BHUBANESWAR: Bittihotra Mohanty, the son of a former high-ranked police officer from Odisha, who was convicted for raping a German woman in 2006, was released from Jaipur central jail on Thursday nearly a month after the Rajasthan High Court quashed his parole violation case.
A computer engineer, Bittihotra was first arrested on March 21, 2006, for raping a 26-year-old German woman in a hotel at Alwar in Rajasthan. He was sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment by a fast track court in Jaipur on April 12, the same year. The prosecution had set a record by pronouncing the judgement nine days after the trial was completed.
Bittihotra went absconding on Novemeber 20, 2006, when he was granted parole to meet his ailing mother in Cuttack. Kerala police, acting on a tip-off, arrested him again on March 9, 2013, from State Bank of Travancore in Kannur where he had been working as a probationary officer under the alias Raghav Rajan. He had also secured his MBA degree during that period.
After his second arrest, when he was granted conditional bail on March 31, 2017, by the Supreme Court in the rape case, the jail authorities did not release him citing that his parole jumping case was sub-judice.
Bitti’s counsel moved the Rajasthan High Court seeking immediate relief in the parole violation case. Disposing of the case in May, the Rajasthan HC ruled to release the convict from jail on July 6. The apex court has, however, asked Bitti to appear before the Cantonment police station in Cuttack every first week of the month.
His father Bidya Bhusan had always argued that the German lady and his son were intimate and had been living together.