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Odhisa nun rape case: SC asks trial court to deliver verdict

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked a trial court in Odhisa to deliver its verdict in a case involving rape of a Christian nun during the 2008 Kandhamal riots within three months.



New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked a trial court in Odhisa to deliver its verdict in a case involving rape of a Christian nun during the 2008 Kandhamal riots within three months.

A bench of justices S S Nijjar and F M Ibrahim Kalifulla vacated the stay order on the proceedings, which was done by the apex court after the victim had raised question on the trial for not cross-examining Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, who was named as prosecution witness in the case.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked a trial court in Odhisa to deliver its verdict in a case involving rape of a Christian nun during the 2008 Kandhamal riots within three months.

A bench of justices S S Nijjar and F M Ibrahim Kalifulla vacated the stay order on the proceedings, which was done by the apex court after the victim had raised question on the trial for not cross-examining Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, who was named as prosecution witness in the case.

"It is unfortunate to state that the trial court miserably failed to come alive to the realities as to the nature of evidence that was being recorded and miserably failed in its duty to note the serious flaw and error in the recording of evidence of PW-18.

"In this context, it must be stated that the prosecutor also unfortunately failed in his duty in not noting the deficiency in the evidence," the judgement said.

Thirty-eight people were killed in the Kandhamal riots during 2008 that had occurred in the tribal-dominated district in the aftermath of the killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati at the Jalespata Ashram on August 23, 2008.

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