Despite a spotless career otherwise, Mohanty senior was convicted for "aiding and abetting an absconding state prisoner" (Bitti) and even had to spend a day in a Rajasthan jail.
The 1972 batch IPS officer was even in the running for the top job in Odisha police till his son was accused and convicted of raping a German girl in 2006.
Mohanty has all along maintained that he was not aware of Bitti's whereabouts. Other family members, however, feel Bitti was not accorded a fair trial. "He was not given a lawyer of his choice and the case was disposed of in just seven days by the fast-track court. But Bitti's appeal against the verdict in Rajasthan HC was kept pending for eight months, while the girl went back to her country," said the family friend.