The Orissa government on Wednesday reinstated controversial Director General of Police B.B. Mohanty who was suspended in August 2007 for allegedly helping his convicted son jump parole.
Mohanty’s son Bitihotra had jumped parole from a Jaipur jail on December 4, 2006 and went missing. He had been convicted of raping a German girl in Alwar earlier that year.
The Orissa government had suspended Mohanty after the Rajasthan Police lodged a criminal case against him for allegedly aiding his son’s escape.
Mohanty met state home secretary A.P. Padhi here on Wednesday and submitted his joining report. Padhi said suspension orders are reviewed from time to time and that Mohanty was reinstated on the recommendation of a review committee.
The review panel comprising the home secretary and other senior officials took into account that DGP Mohanty had surrendered before a court in Rajasthan in January 2008 and that the Jaipur sessions court granted him bail soon after.
“Citing earlier cases where officers of All India Services have been reinstated after securing bail, the suspension order against Mohanty was revoked. The order was revoked as Mohanty is yet to be convicted by the courts,” official sources told HT on condition of anonymity.
Asked about his son’s whereabouts, Mohanty said, “I believe my son is dead. Had he been alive, he would have definitely surfaced when I was undergoing so much pain.”
After being suspended, Mohanty had explained why he should not be held responsible for his son’s actions.
After the Rajasthan Police lodged a first information report against the DGP for aiding his son’s escape, Mohanty denied having visited Jaipur to sign the parole papers as a guarantor.
On one occasion, the DGP had told the media that his son was falsely implicated and that he had not raped the German girl. On another, Mohanty had also said that his son would surrender if granted permission to be lodged in a jail in Orissa.