Headmaster sacked on rape charge in Orissa
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Last Updated: Friday, March 19, 2010, 22:08
  
Bhubaneswar: The government on Friday dismissed a headmaster, accused of raping tribal inmates of a girls hostel in Nabarangpur district of Orissa, after the matter triggered public outcry and rocked the state assembly.

Official sources said District Collector Roopa Mishra signed the dismissal order against Pradipta Kumar Sahu, headmaster of a Sevashram at Badaamda under Kosagumuda block, after a case was lodged against the teacher. This is said to be the first instance of dismissal of a government servant under such charge.

Sahu was one of the four accused persons of the Sevashram who allegedly raped four girls of the hostel by taking advantage of his official position.

The accused headmaster was dismissed under Article 311 (2) second provision (b) of the constitution read with sub rule (ii) of Rule-18 of Orissa Civil Service (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules, 1962.

The incident, which came to light on March 2, was now being probed by the crime branch of police.

The issue rocked the state assembly with members cutting across party lines demanding dismissal of the headmaster. The attention of Congress president Sonia Gandhi was also drawn to the incident.

Keeping in view the public sentiments, the collector dismissed Sahu, sources said.

PTI


First Published: Friday, March 19, 2010, 22:08


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