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Cuttack, Jan 15: The Nayagarh minor’s murder case took an un-usual twist Friday with the Orissa High Court denying the state gov-ernment’s claim that it has sought the appointment of a sitting High Court judge to monitor the SIT probe. In reply to a query on court-mon-itored inquiry into the case by RTI activist Hemant Panda,
the Orissa High Court has clarified that the state government hasn’t wrote any letter seeking a court-monitored investigation. Various reports earlier su ested that senior IPS officer and special secretary Home,
Santosh Bala had written to the Registrar General of the High Court November 28 in-forming that the state government has proposed the SIT to be monitored by the High Court. While briefing journalists here Friday Panda said he had sought in-formation through RTI from the High Court regarding the state gov-ernment’s letter for court-moni-tored SIT probe into Pad death case and follow-up action.
As per the Additional Deputy Registrar of the court B Das, “No letter of request has been received from the state government as on date regarding the appointment of the Honourable sitting Judge of this court to monitor the SIT probe
In reply to a RTI query, the Orissa HC darifies that the state government hasn’t sought a court-monitored investigation into the murder of the minor girl, namely Pad of Nayagarh district. Since no such letter is received, the question of action does not arise.
” It may be mentioned here that a five-year-old girl named Pad from Jadupur village in Nayagarh dis-trict went missing June 14 and her body was found June23. The case at-t ra c te d state-wide attention November 24 when the parents of the deceased girl attempted inunola-tion in fkunt of the Orissa Legislative Assembly while the winter session was underway.
Three days later, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had ordered a SIT probe into the case. The state gov-ernment formed a five-member spe-cial investigation team (SIT) with senior IPS officer and then-IG of police Arun Bothra being the head.