Face-off intensifies as lawyers reject State’s decision on probe by HRPC
Alleged police attack on Lawyer
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.