Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

The Inspector-In-Charge (IIC) of Mahanga police station Nihar Ranjan Mohanty appeared before the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Court, Salepur in connection with the sensational double murder case on Friday.

The JMFC Court had earlier issued a show-cause notice to IIC Mohanty seeking explanation by December 10 as to why coercive and punitive action will not be taken against him as per CrPC for not appearing before it. 

The Court had also sought an explanation from him over repeatedly buying time for filing reinvestigation report and call detail record (CDR) of three accused in the case.

The Court had earlier rejected a time petition filed by the police officer and issued the show cause notice under Section 171 of the Indian Evidence Act and 311 of CrPC. In its 9-page order, the court also expected the cop to furnish the reinvestigation report and up-to-date CDR by December 10 apart from submitting a reply to the show-cause notice.

Following the Court’s direction, the IIC finally appeared before the court on the due date.

It is pertinent to mention here that the JMFC court had ordered a fresh probe into the brutal murder of BJP leader Kulamani Baral and his associate Dibyasingha Baral on January 2 this year after Ramakanta Baral, the son of the slain BJP leader had moved the court challenging dropping of the name of Minister Pratap Jena from the charge sheet.