Bhubaneswar, October 10 (Odisha.in) Bitti Mohanty a convict of a rape case has been missing for over 250 days now and his father DGP (Home Guards and Fire Service) BB Mohanty has been evading arrest in connection with the escape of his son who was convicted for the rape of a German national and even now the home department continued to remain non-committal on the issue.
This is even after the Supreme Court Tuesday granted the state government a two-week deadline to file its response to a petition accusing the state of shielding Mohanty.
The Rajasthan Government had moved the SC challenging the bail granted by the Orissa HC to Mohanty, who is accused of helping his son Biti Mohanty escape from judicial custody after being convicted of rape.
The Rajasthan Government has accused the Orissa Chief Mnister Naveen Patnaik, Home Secretary TK Mishra and DGP Amarananda Patnaik of not extending any cooperation in arresting Mohanty.
Patnaik has so far been denying allegations accusing his Government of shielding BB Mohanty and has also refused to break his silence about Mohanty going into hiding to evade arrest.
Highly placed sources said on Wednesday that after the apex court’s intervention, the matter was heading towards a major legal battle. “We have tried our best to track the absconding BB Mohanty but he is still missing,” a senior police officer said.
He further said that next course of action will be taken soon as to reply to the order of the Supreme Court. “The court has asked to file our response within two weeks, let’s wait, what will happen,” the officer said. He however ruled out any question of non-cooperation with the Rajasthan police over the issue of investigation.