Orissa minister may face judicial probe
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 16, 2011, 00:10
  
Cuttack: The Orissa High Court on Friday observed that the involvement of School and Mass Education Minister Pratap Jena in a case relating to violation of its order on noise pollution cannot be ruled out.

The observation was made by the Division Bench of Justices BP Das and MM Das while hearing a case relating to violation of the HC order on noise pollution.

Terming the affidavits filed by state home secretary and director general of police (DGP) over the matter as 'contradictory', the bench told the advocate general that the minister's involvement in the alleged affair cannot be ruled out.

"The Court may not hesitate to order for a Judicial Commission of Enquiry in this matter," the HC said adding that the decision of involvement of the minister in the alleged incident would be taken up during next hearing.

The case pertains to a report published last month in a vernacular daily stating that Jena, moisturising his official powers, denied a police officer to perform his duties in accordance to court orders.

While adhering to a Supreme Court guideline, the Orissa High Court had ordered that no marriage procession shall be allowed accompanying band party and bursting of crackers after 10 pm.

But on March 11, a man from Nischintkoili block who is believed to be a close confidant of the minister, defied this order in his marriage procession.

The matter was brought to the notice of local Salepur police station by some residents who complained that the procession was disturbing students preparing for Matriculation examination scheduled to begin on March 16.

The police then took the band party into custody and asked the procession to proceed without the accompanying music system. Minister Jena then went to the thana and refused to budge until the band party was allowed to accompany the procession. The police yielded to the minister's demand.

Alleging that the minister should be booked for contempt of court charges, a social worker had moved the High Court.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, April 16, 2011, 00:10


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