Fees issue settled, nun case lawyers attend proceedings

Prosecution lawyers in the nun rape case of Orissa`s Kandhamal district on Monday attended the proceedings of the case in the trial court here as the stalemate over their fees was resolved by the Orissa government.

Cuttack: Prosecution lawyers in the nun
rape case of Orissa`s Kandhamal district on Monday attended the
proceedings of the case in the trial court here as the
stalemate over their fees was resolved by the Orissa
government.

"Since the law department duly considered our request
over the quantum of fees and released the same, we decided not
to boycott the proceedings," one of the prosecution counsel
said.

All three prosecution (crime branch) lawyers had
decided on December 6 not to conduct the case henceforth
alleging `highly inadequate` fees and `inordinate delay in
payments` by the government.

While Laxmidhar Mishra, a senior advocate, was
appointed as special public prosecutor in the case, Sangam
Sahu and Akhaya Naik were named to assist him.

During the day, the trial court completed examination
of prosecution witness K L Rao, who was holding the post of
Inspector-in-charge of Baliguda police station during the
August 2008 communal riots and was initially the investigating
officer of nun rape case.

The case was subsequently handed over to the crime
branch of police.

The cross-examination of Rao by defence counsel is
slated to take place tomorrow.

PTI

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