Orissa orders judicial probe into assault on magistrate

Last Updated: Monday, April 4, 2011 - 23:30

Bhubaneswar: Orissa government on Monday
announced a judicial inquiry into the alleged physical assault
on a judicial magistrate by police in Rourkela and also
suspended the Inspector-in-Charge of the police station.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced in the assembly
about the judicial inquiry after opposition members raised the
issue relating to the assault of a judicial magistrate at a
police station in Rourkela on Saturday night.

The state government also placed Inspector-in-Charge
of Uditnagar Police Station Sadananda Pujari under suspension
with immediate effect, Patnaik informed the House.

Commission of Inquiry will be appointed in
consultation with the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court,
the chief minister said.

"Government has decided to institute a judicial
inquiry into the incident at Rourkela on the night of April 2,
2011 involving the judicial Magistrate First Class Sri Arun
Patnaik and the local police," the chief minister said.

Earlier, the state government had ordered an
administrative inquiry by the Revenue Divisional Commissioner
(RDC), Sambalpur, into the alleged matter after advocates
across the state protested the "police excess".

First Class Judicial Magistrate of Panposh, Arun Kumar
Patnaik had complained that he was forcefully taken to police
station, abused and physically assaulted by the police of
Uditnagar police station.

Patnaik in an FIR filed before the police said
patrolling police led by Inspector Sadanand Pujari forcefully
took him to the police station, abused and physically
assaulted on Saturday night.

Advocates of different Bar Associations including the
High Court Bar Association condemned the incident and demanded
stringent action against the police persons involved in the
incident.

PTI



First Published: Monday, April 4, 2011 - 23:30

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