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Nayagarh Minor Girl Murder: SC Gives 4 Weeks To Odisha Govt To Submit Progress Report

Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court on Monday granted four weeks’ time to the Odisha government to file an affidavit on the progress in the investigation into the sensational Nayagarh minor girl murder case.

The Apex court’s direction came while hearing a petition filed by the victim girl’s mother Saudamini Sahoo. In January, Saudamini had moved the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe into the gruesome murder of her minor daughter who had gone missing under mysterious circumstances while playing near her house last year.

Later, the minor girl’s skeletal remains were found from the backyard of her house, almost 10 days after her disappearance. The incident triggered unprecedented public outcry after the victim’s parents made an immolation attempt outside the State assembly alleging police inaction during the winter session last year.

Under pressure from the Opposition, the State government had order a SIT probe into the murder.

The Opposition parties had targeted the Odisha government over the issue after the deceased girl’s family accused Minister Arun Sahoo of shielding the prime accused Babuli Nayak.

The mother of the deceased girl has been opposing the investigation into the case by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) apprehending a shoddy probe on account of the alleged involvement of influential politicians belonging to ruling party in the crime.

Though the SIT had subsequently booked a juvenile of Jadupur village for his alleged involvement in the case, the victim’s family had punched holes in the findings of the SIT. They alleged that the probe team had falsely implicated the juvenile in the case while the real culprits were moving scot-free.

Today’s development in the Supreme Court assumes significance as it came in the backdrop of a political storm in Odisha following the reportedly confessed to the crime while in police custody.

In the video, which was played out in a section of television news channels of Odisha.
Hours after the video became public, Saudamini had raised questions over the SIT and timing of the leak when a chargesheet in the case had already been filed and the video was submitted to the court in a closed envelop.


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