Rourkela judge assault probe starts
CUTTACK: A judicial commission led by retired high court judge Justice A S Naidu on Saturday started its probe into the alleged assault of a judicial magistrate in Rourkela by a police officer.
Various stakeholders of the case including the Rourkela bar association, the state government, judicial magistrate Arun Pattnaik and D N Lenka, who had filed the PIL in the judge assault case in the high court, appeared before the commission at its first through their counsels.
JMFC Arun Kumar Patnaik was allegedly assaulted by local police inspector Sadananda Pujari on April 2. The incident had evoked a state-wide protest by the lawyers, including that of the high court here, which paralyzed judicial activities in the State for over a week. After this, the state government had formed a judicial commission to probe into the matter.
After hearing the counsels of the various parties on Saturday, the commission has decided to visit Rourkela on September 3. In the meantime the commission has received 36 affidavits in the matter. However, the state government has sought one week’s time to file its affidavit in the matter and the commission granted it.
“A stipulated time of three months has been granted to the commission to complete the probe. We will try our best to complete the hearing of the matter within the stipulated period,” said K N Panigrahi, secretary of the commission.