Face-off in­ten­si­fies as lawyers re­ject State’s de­ci­sion on probe by HRPC

Al­leged po­lice at­tack on Lawyer

The Political and Business Daily - - ODISHA FOUCS -

EVEN as the State govern­ment, in a move to pacify the ag­i­tated lawyers, who have been boy­cotting court work over the al­leged at­tack on of their col­leagues in the State cap­i­tal re­cently, to­day handed over the probe to the Hu­man Rights Pro­tec­tion Cell (HRPC), mem­bers of the Bhubaneswar Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (BBA) re­jected the move and de­manded a ju­di­cial in­quiry into the mat­ter.

The lawyers’ body stated that probe by HRPC will not help un­earth the truth be­hind the al­leged bru­tal po­lice at­tack on ad­vo­cate Ni­har Ran­jan Sethi and de­manded a ju­di­cial in­quiry putting the State govern­ment in a fix. BBA Pres­i­dent Tusarkanta Mo­ha­p­a­tra said, “We will meet the Law Min­is­ter in this re­gard and will de­mand ju­di­cial in­quiry into the en­tire mat­ter.” Ear­lier, the de­ci­sion to hand over the probe to HRPC was an­nounced by Law Min­is­ter Arun Sa­hoo here to­day.

"The govern­ment de­cided to give in­ves­ti­ga­tion to the HRPC to en­sure im­par­tial and fair in­ves­ti­ga­tion by a third agency," the law min­is­ter said. The min­is­ter said the govern­ment had also de­cided to bear the ex­penses of the med­i­cal treat­ment of the in­jured ad­vo­cate on hu­man­i­tar­ian grounds.

How­ever, in­ter­est­ingly, ear­lier, the gen­eral sec­re­tary of All Odisha Law As­so­ci­a­tion, Gya­naran­jan Mo­hanty had wel­comes the State govern­ment’s move. “It is a wel­come step”, he had said.

While re­ject­ing the po­lice claim, the lawyers had yes­ter­day de­manded an im­par­tial probe into the in­ci­dent.

The All Odisha Lawyers' As­so­ci­a­tion had de­manded a thor­ough probe by a district judge, CBI or Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion.

On July 17, Sethi had lodged a com­plaint with the Bada­gada po­lice sta­tion ac­cus­ing some uniden­ti­fied po­lice per­son­nel of a PCR van of as­sault­ing him near Ravi Talkies the pre­vi­ous day

Po­lice, on the other hand, said its per­son­nel res­cued Sethi at Ra­sul­garh where he met with an ac­ci­dent.

While lawyers boy­cotted all courts in Bhubane-swar since July 18, those of the High Court in Cut­tack did not at­tend court yes­ter­day.

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