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.