In a fresh twist to the Balasore sex scandal, the victim, in an interview to a TV news channel on Tuesday, accused an IAS officer of raping her in July 1999.
Harapriya Barik was lured by her teacher to visit Bhubaneswar on the pretext of getting her a job. But there, she was allegedly raped by some state bureaucrats.
The accused, Prasant K. Nayak, a senior Orissa-cadre IAS officer, had got a clean chit from the CBI. “No evidence has come on record to link Shri Prasant Kumar Nayak with this case,” the CBI report had said.
But on July 1, the special chief judicial magistrate (CBI) found “prima facie material” against the IAS officer. The special CJM observed: “There is prima facie material against Sri Prasant Kumar Nayak for his involvement in a criminal conspiracy for rape… The evidence available in the case diary, status reports and statement of the victim is enough to make out a prima facie case for the involvement of Prasant Kumar Nayak in a criminal conspiracy to rape the poor, innocent girl.”
Nayak was special secretary to the then Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang when the alleged rape took place in July 1999.
The victim’s teacher, Pravisini Kar, and Sushant Kumar Mohapatra, an officer of the Indian Information Service, have already been arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident.
The victim said that she was emboldened by the recent observation of the court and the support of her family. She claimed that she and her family members had been threatened with dire consequences if she ever revealed the truth.
Nayak has been ordered by the court to remain present on September 9 when the next hearing of the case takes place.
The officer could not be contacted for comments despite several attempts.