A senior Odisha police officer, however, sided with Bitihotra. "His case was fraught with discrepancies. Media hype led to his conviction in one of the quickest trials, overlooking many vital aspects just because the girl was a foreigner and the accused was the son of a top police officer," said the officer who declined to be named.
Bitihotra was granted a 15-day parole in November 2006 to visit his ailing grandmother, but jumped the parole and disappeared. Odisha government suspended Mohanty, then DG (home guard and fire services), after he was accused of helping his son jump parole. Mohanty finally surrendered in January 2008 and was granted bail a day later. He was reinstated in May 2009 and retired a yearlater.