Kandhamal commission wants an accessor

Last Updated: Monday, August 1, 2011 - 18:08

Bhubaneswar: The judicial commission probing causes of the 2008 Kandhamal communal riots on Monday asked Orissa government to appoint an accessor to expedite the inquiry.

The one-man panel headed by Justice SC Mohapatra made this request to Home Secretary UN Behera who met him at the commission`s office here. They had a three-hour discussion on the requirement of the commission.

"I have informed the home secretary about requirement of an accessor to expedite inquiry into the Kandhamal situation as it is too complicated," Justice Mohapatra told reporters after the meeting.

He said he would prefer a retired district judge with experience of working in Kandhamal district for about seven years. "I may also appoint anyone from public having knowledge on Kandhamal, if suitable retired judge is not available."

The home department has to take permission from the law and finance departments before giving green signal to the commission for appointment of an accessor, sources said.

Behera refused to comment on the meeting.

Set up in September 2008, Mohapatra Commission was to submit its report within six months. It got extension five times and examined 79 common-men and 65 government officials engaged in maintaining law and order in Kandhamal.

On the expected deadline to end the probe, Justice Mohapatra said: "I do not know. It may take time as the situation is very complicated."

PTI




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