Cuttack: The Investigating Officer (IO) in the sensational Pipili rape and murder case on Friday told Justice PK Mohanty Commission of Enquiry that the first informant in the incident had not been examined by police.
During cross examination of IO RC Sethy, a DSP rank officer of crime branch police, it was found that the crime branch police did not examine the first informant of the case, a tractor driver of the locality, who first told the villagers on the day of the incident that a girl was lying semi-nude in a deserted place near river bank.
When asked by the counsel of the victim’s family Akshaya Nanda as to why the crime branch police did not examine the tractor driver, the IO said the complainant did not produce the tractor driver before the police.
Similarly, the IO also during cross examination said that he had not visited the Ghatikia village even once where the victim was staying after she was denied treatment at the Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar.
Moreover, the crime branch police also did not examine Dr J B Patnaik of Capital Hospital, who first received the patient in the Hospital and did not follow the guidelines required to treat medico-legal case. Even Dr Patnaik’s name doesn’t appear in any of the four chargesheets the crime branch has filed till date in the case.
The IO was also cross examined on the day by the counsel of National SC and ST Commission Haladhar Sethy. Further cross examination of the IO would be held on June 10 during which three more counsel would quiz him.