STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

SC Asks CBI to Submit Report on Itishree in 2 Months

Published: 21st January 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st January 2015 09:09 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: In a major setback for the State Government, the Supreme Court has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the murder of Itishree Pradhan, a lady teacher in Rayagada district, and submit its report within two months.

Also Read:

CBI Asked to Probe Itishree Case

Hearing a petition in this regard, the apex court has also asked the investigating agency to constitute a team within seven days to arrest the main accused. Confirming the Supreme Court directive, Minister of State for Law Arun Sahu said that the Crime Branch probe into the case will, however, continue.

cbi.JPGItishree, a school teacher at Tikiri in Rayagada district, was set on fire by unidentified persons on the night of October 27, 2013, for allegedly refusing to withdraw a sexual harassment case she had filed against inspector of schools Netrananda Dandasena. The 36-year-old victim succumbed to her burn injuries on November 1, 2013, while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Visakhapatnam.

The State Government had dismissed four officials in connection with the killing on charges of dereliction of duty. The accused officials are Dandasena, district inspector of schools Dharanidhar Behera, inspector in-charge of Tikiri police station Sujit Kumar Sai and assistant sub-inspector of police M D Pradhan.

The State Crime Branch, which took up the investigation into the case on November 1 last year following an order of the Chief Minister, is yet to nab the prime accused.

The Opposition political parties in the State have come down heavily on the State Government following the Supreme Court directive on Itishree Pradhan case. Stating that the Congress had been all along demanding a CBI probe into the case, Leader of the Opposition Narsingh Mishra alleged that the State Government was not responding to it because of the involvement of ruling party politicians.

Stating that the Supreme Court directive is a warning bell for the State Government, senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra said that the party had demanded action against the officials concerned, district collector and superintendent of police. But leave alone taking action, the State Government chose to retain the district collector under whose tenure the incident had taken place, he said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp