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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate Police, which is probing into the harassment allegation against Talcher BJD MLA Braja Kishore Pradhan, today said it cannot register case against the latter as there is no evidence of cognizable offence against him.

Talking to media persons here, Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi said “We had prepared a station diary and begun investigation after receiving complaint from the victim. In course of investigation, it was found that the allegation made by the victim against Pradhan comes under the section 493 of IPC which is a non-cognizable offence. Since this is a non-cognizable offence, police is not authorised to register a case,” he added.

The DCP, however, said the Commissionerate Police would help and advise the victim to move appropriate forum to redress her grievances.

Notably, the victim had lodged a complaint against the MLA at the Mahila Police Station here few weeks back claiming to be his wife. She had alleged that though Pradhan had married her in a temple, he is unwilling to accept her of late.

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