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Cops Challenge Court Order on Grilling

Published: 22nd July 2014 08:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd July 2014 08:58 AM   |  A+A-

BERHAMPUR/BHUBANESWAR: Berhampur Police on Monday filed a petition before the Court of District Judge challenging the lower court’s order which had allowed the advocate and family members of dreaded Maoist Sabyasachi Panda to be present during interrogation.

SABYASACHI-PANDA.jpgAfter public prosecutor Janeswar Misra filed the appeal, District Judge Madhusudan Dhal fixed hearing on Tuesday and issued notices accordingly.

Sabyasachi, who had been remanded in police custody for 10 days, has been undergoing interrogation since Sunday. He is being grilled by officers of State Intelligence Wing (SIW) and Berhampur Police in presence of his counsel Deepak Patnaik as per Berhampur SDJM’s order.

On Monday, when police asked Deepak to be present during the interrogation, he said he has some work at the court and proposed that Sabyasachi’s wife Subhashree Panda will replace him. But the proposal was turned down by Berhampur SP.

In protest, both Deepak and Subhashree returned from the SP office and told mediapersons that they would approach the court again.

Earlier in the day, the Maoist’s mother, daughter and father-in-law were allowed to meet him at the SP office where he is being interrogated. On Sunday, only Subhashree was allowed.

Meanwhile, a team of Bada Bazaar Police in Berhampur on Sunday night conducted a search in the house of A Chandra Rao where Sabyasachi was hiding but found only old newspaper clippings and train tickets. After the Thursday mid-night operation, this is the first time the place was searched. So far, Berhampur Police has not quizzed the inmates of the house where Sabyasachi spent more than a month.



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