Rape case - Plea against Orissa DGP rejected
A local court rejects Rajasthan Police's petition seeking a non-bailable warrant against BB Mohanty, who has been accused of helping his son Biti, convicted of rape, jump parole.india Updated: May 24, 2007 17:46 IST
A local court on Thursday rejected Rajasthan Police's petition seeking a non-bailable warrant against Orissa DGP BB Mohanty, who has been accused of helping his son Biti, convicted of rape, jump parole.
Turning down the request after two days of arguments, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajendra Bansal asked the police to make serious efforts to arrest Mohanty as the Supreme Court's stay his favour ended on May 21.
"It is quite possible that DGP Mohanty be on duty in Orissa and Rajasthan Police should make attempts to arrest him instead of procuring the non-bailable warrant," said Virendra Jhakhar, a police official associated with the investigation, quoting the order.
The court had on Wednesday postponed the proceedings till Thursday saying it was studying all documents including Orissa High Court proceedings and Supreme Court proceedings related to the case.
A team of Rajasthan police is ready to proceed to Orissa to arrest the DGP and bring him in Jaipur in connection with a case registered at Lal Kothi police station on January 10 for allegedly sheltering and helping his son Biti, who is convicted for raping a German tourist, an official said.
Since the deadline set by the Supreme Court not to arrest Mohanty upto 6 weeks from April 9 had expired on Wednesday, the police sought a fresh warrant against him.
On March 20 last year, a German woman had alleged that she was raped in a hotel in Alwar by Biti Mohanty, an MBA student. On March 21, he was arrested and a fast track court convicted Mohanty on April 11. However, since December 4 he has jumped the parole, granted to meet her ailing mother, and went missing.
Early this year, Rajasthan police filed a case against the Orissa DGP on the charge of sheltering his son and help him jump the parole. The senior Mohanty was, however, granted bail by Orissa High Court.
On April 9, the Supreme Court, however, quashed senior Mohanty's bail and gave him six weeks to surrender before the chief judicial magistrate's court in Jaipur and ordered that he be not arrested till then. The deadline expired on Wednesday.