Charge sheet in Pipili gang rape case soon

Cuttack: The crime branch of Odisha Police on Tuesday filed a status report in the Pipili rape case in sealed cover to the Odisha High Court as the probe was on.

The division bench of Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice B N Mohapatra, monitoring the police probe directed that the contents of the report shall not be made public.

A crime branch official indicated that the investigation was in the final stage and the charge sheet would definitely be filed within first week of April.

Superintendent of SCB Medical College and Hospital, where the 19-year-old rape victim is undergoing treatment, informed the high court that there has been no change in the condition of the patient. In its status report to the HC, Superintendent D N Maharana said there has been no significant improvement in the condition of the patient who is in semi-comatose state.

The Dalit girl is reported to have slipped into coma ever since she was allegedly gang raped in Arjungoda village of Pipili in Puri district on November 28 last year. The Hospital report said the patient continued to have fever while her blood pressure, respiration and urine output are normal.

The patient is not responding to verbal commands though she opens her eyes spontaneously reacting sluggishly to light, the report said. The high court bench, which is also monitoring the treatment of the girl, asked the hospital authorities to file another status report after two weeks.