Cuttack (Orissa): Trial of the Kandhamal
nun rape case, scheduled to resume in Cuttack district
sessions court on Monday after a gap of almost four months, could
not begin as the investigating officer (IO) did not turn up
due to indisposition.
Trial in the case is being taken up in the Cuttack
court since August 2010 after it was transferred here from
Phulbani district court as per the orders of Orissa High
Court. But the proceedings were stalled since January when the
then Cuttack district judge, Justice BK Mishra was elevated
to the bench of the High Court as an additional judge.
Shatrughna Pujary joined as Cuttack district judge and
posted the matter to be heard today. But the case was again
adjourned to next month when the prosecution counsel filed a
time petition mentioning that the IO, crime branch DSP Dillip
Kumar Mohanty, was indisposed.
Ever since the Cuttack court began trial, cross
examination and deposition of 28 prosecution witnesses are
over and after the cross examination of Mohanty by defense
counsel, the cross examination of defense witnesses would