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Uncertainty over venue of TIP of nun 'rape' accused

india Updated: Nov 09, 2008 21:50 IST

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Christian leaders were tightlipped about the possibility of the alleged rape victim nun to attend the test identification parade (TIP) of the accused at Baliguda on Monday in view of her seeking a change of the venue earlier despite a court in Kandhamal having asked her to be present there.

The crime branch (CB) of Orissa police investigating the sensational rape case also maintained that it had no information about the alleged victim. "We will be able to get a clear picture in the court tomorrow," an official said.

Earlier, Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Raphael Ceenath had stated that since the nun was undergoing treatment she would not be able to travel such a long distance to attend the TIP at Baliguda.

Therefore, she wanted the venue of the exercise being conducted by the crime branch to be changed.

While the nun had categorically said that she was in favour of a CBI probe into the incident because of lack of 'faith' in Orissa police, Christian leaders said the alleged victim would not like to come down to Kandhamal for identifying the culprits involved in the crime.

However, they declined to disclose the venue where the nun would like the TIP to be held.

The nun, who was allegedly raped at K Nuagaon in Kandhamal during Orissa bandh on August 25 after VHP leader Laxamananda Saraswati's killing, in her FIR stated that she could identify the rapist.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has made it clear that the state government was ready to conduct the TIP at any place in the country.

While the CB has arrested ten persons in connection with the alleged rape, the nun, 29, has been given the option to choose the venue of the TIP, sources said.

The nun who along with father Thomas Chelan filed an FIR at Baliguda police station on August 26, remain untraced though she addressed a press conference at Delhi on October 24, two days after the Supreme Court turned down a plea to hand over investigation of the alleged rape incident to CBI.

Despite Orissa government's several appeal to cooperate with the probe being carried out by the CB, she stood firm on CBI probe demand.

The court of the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Baliguda on November 1 issued a notice to the nun to attend the TIP to be held in the area.