Orissa HC upholds verdict on Anjana Mishra gang rape case
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 22:16
Cuttack: Orissa High Court today upheld the April 29, 2002 judgment passed by Khurda District Sessions judge in which the lower court had convicted and sentenced two accused to life imprisonment in the sensational Anjana Mishra gang rape case.

The bench of Justice A S Naidu and Justice S C Parija also asked the prosecution (CBI) to arrest the third accused in the case within three months and report to the court why the kingpin in the case has not been arrested yet even more than ten years after the ghastly incident.

Pradip Sahu alias Padia and Dhirendra Mohanty alias Tuna were sentenced by lower court judge Mahendranath Patnaik to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5000 each or six months RI in lieu thereof on charges of kidnapping and raping Anjana, estranged wife of an Indian Forest Service officer.

Anjana was waylaid by three persons near Baranga, about 15 km from here on the night of January 9-10 of 1999 while she was coming to Cuttack from Bhubaneswar along with a journalist-friend in a car.

She was raped by the trio, maintained CBI, entrusted by the High Court to investigate into the case.

While Padia and Tuna were arrested by CBI, the third accused Biban Biswal is still at large. Challenging the lower court verdict, Padia and Tuna had moved the HC in July 2002 for quash of lower court order saying they were innocent.

The gang rape case had created a furor in the State with Anjana accusing the then Chief Minister J B Patnaik and his friend and former state Advocate General Indrajit Ray of having played a role in the incident.


First Published: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 22:16

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