Balasore sex scandal accused surrenders

Bhubaneswar: Dr Siddharth Patra, one of the accused in sensational 1999 Balasore sex scandal surrendered before the CBI court here on Monday. Patra was sent to a judicial custody of 14 days following rejection of his bail plea by the court.
The CBI had declared a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh for information on the doctor who was on the run since 2001. The CBI court had also declared him a proclaimed offender.
The investigating agency had lodged a case about the scandal in 2000 and filed charge sheet against three persons including Patra a year later. Other two accused in the case are Sushant Mohapatra and Prabasini Kar.
Patra, son of Prabasini, was accused of criminal conspiracy and charged under Sections 120B, 506 and 201 of Indian Penal Code.
The case had hit the headlines in 1999 after the victim, a girl student of KKS Womens’ College, Balasore, was allegedly molested and a rape attempt was made on her in an apartment in Bhubaneswar on July 9. She was allegedly taken to the apartment by Kar, a physical training instructor of the college.
The victim had then alleged that she was lured by her teacher on the promise of a job and introduced to other accused. The CBI had arrested the woman and another man in connection with the case.