Cuttack: Orissa Government informed the
High Court on Thursday that the Justice A S Naidu Commission
probing the alleged police-judicial magistrate brawl at
Rourkela had already started functioning.
The government has provided all necessary
infrastructure facilities to the Commission, it said in its
affidavit at the court of Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda
and Justice B N Mohapatra.
The High Court had earlier expressed displeasure at the
state`s `lack of sincerity` on the issue.
The government, which had on April 16 asked the
Commission to submit its report on the incident within three
months, took more than one month to provide the necessary
facilities to the Commission.
Meanwhile, the HC has adjourned the hearing of the
PIL filed by advocate Dayanidhi Lenka to next week when it
would decide over the prayer of Rourkela Bar Association to
expand the scope of the Commission to also probe the alleged
highhandedness of Rourkela police.
Rourkela-based Panposh judicial magistrate Arun Kumar
Patnaik was allegedly assaulted by local police inspector
Sadananda Pujari on the night of April 2. This evoked a
state-wide protest by the lawyers, including at the High Court
and paralysed judicial activities in the state for over a