Bhubaneswar.March 30(Odisha.in) Darwing curtain on two-day old legal battle over the technicalities of registering the sexual harassment case allegedly brought by the suspended woman assistant marshal of the State Legislative Assembly, Gayatri Panda, against Speaker Maheswar Mohanty, the police on Saturday finally registered a case.
Amitabh Thakur, Additional Commissioner of Police, Bhuabneswar , said that the official document of Panda containing in her handwritings and bearing her signature was received from the Secretary of the Orissa Legislative Assembly.
Her signatures and handwriting appeared to tally with the signature of the complaint that was received from Rutuparna Mohanty, member secretary of Sanjeevani Maa Ghar, who on behalf of Panda had handed it to the police.
Satisfied with the authenticity of the signature the police registered criminal case No-56 of 2008 under Sections 506, 507, 509 and 34 of IPC.
Earlier, the police had sought the help of the OLA secretary after the women’s right activist Mohanty handed over the complaint without authenticating the signature of the complainant.
When contacted Mohaty told Odisha.in that she along with other lady activists had been to the Mahila Police Station to handover Gayatri’s compalint. Assistant Commissioner of Police B.N. Guru was present at the police station.
” The complaints were received in presence of persons from electronic and primt media and at that time no police personnel had asked her to authenticateGayatri’s signature. Strangely some media have reported that I was missing, which might be a deliberate attempt todelay the investigation and to creat comfusion.”
Moreover, adding to the problem the police could not contact Panda even after attempting to do so. Panda’s official residence was locked and she is still not available to the police to record her statement.
“As we were primarily convinced after verifying the writings and signatures of Panda that the complaint bears her true signature, we did not think it wise to send these for expert opinion,” said Thakur .
In her complaint, Panda had alleged that Speaker Maheswar Mohanty had made vulgar gestures towards her many times.Mohanty had also sent vehicle to her house around midnight and tried to influence her through his driver and other staff to have sexual relation with him, Panda had mentioned in her complaint.
Panda had further alleged that after she refused to agree to these proposals, the Speaker had threatened to initiate action against her and placed her under suspension on two occasions. She had also alleged that some antisocial persons had threatened her to eliminate her if she went against Mohanty.
Although Mohanty had strongly said that the charges levelled against him were false and without basis, the episode dominated the proceedings of the State Assembly during the past few days, creating an embarrassing situation for Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Opposition parties have been demanding that Mohanty should resign from his post and an impartial probe should be conducted into the charges against him by the C.B.I.
The Chief Minister, however, has said that the Speaker should not be made to step down without an inquiry.
In the meanwhile supporters of Maheswar Mohanty had held a demonstartion at Puri alleging involvement of Minister of State for Information, Debasis Nayak in ” conspiracy ” against Mohanty and seeking action against him.