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Opposition criticises `non-action` against Orissa minister

Opposition Congress on Wednesday raised question on the `non-action` of the police against a senior Orissa minister who had been accused of hurting sentiments of dalits by uttering the word "Harijan" against the community.



Bhubaneswar: Opposition Congress on Wednesday
raised question on the `non-action` of the police against a
senior Orissa minister who had been accused of hurting
sentiments of dalits by uttering the word "Harijan" against
the community.

"What action have the police taken so far against
Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout? An FIR has been lodged at a
police station against the minister," leader of the opposition
Bhupinder Singh asked during the zero hour in the assembly.

Stating that the members of the assembly have the
right to know about the police action against the minister,
Singh said the police had launched a search operation when a
Congress MLA was named in an FIR earlier.

In case of the minister, Singh alleged that the police
remained silent even as the Orissa High Court did not grant
bail in his favour.

The issue was raised by Congress member S S Saluja
during zero hour, stating that the minister should not attend
proceedings of the house unless granted bail.

In his clarification, the minister Rout said, "I will
not attend the assembly if the court issued warrant against my
name".

Admitting that he had uttered the word "Harijan" at a
public meeting, the minister said he had no intention of
hurting any member of the community.

One Manoj Kumar Bhoi had filed an FIR on August 21,
2010 in Kujanga police station against Rout for uttering the
word Harijan while referring to a particular group of
persons at a public meeting.

Meanwhile, Orissa High Court had allowed a petition of
Rout who had sought an anticipatory bail in view of the FIR.

The High Court asked the minister to approach the
lower court and obtain regular bail.

PTI

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