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New Delhi: Odisha Director General of Police Prakash Mishra, who appeared before the National Commission for Scheduled Caste (NCSC) on Monday, has been asked to produce status report over Health Minister Damodar Rout’s alleged casteist remark within seven days. The commission also asked the DGP and Odisha Chief Secretary to appear again on July 19 in connection with the case.
 
Earlier, the chairman of the commission, PL Punia had demanded Rout to be sacked as a minister terming him as a habitual offender. 
 
“Minister Dama Rout is repeatedly committing mistakes by making statements against Dalits. He is a habitual offender. He should be sacked immediately from the ministry. I will write a letter requesting the Chief Minister to drop him from the ministry,” Punia had said on February 28.
 
Reacting sharply, senior BJD leader Rout had warned him of lodging defamation case against Punia. “Mr. Punia should know that he is not above the High Court. He should be careful while making such comments. I can file defamation suit against him,” Rout had stated. 
 
Notably, in 2010 the minister had allegedly made some anti-Dalit remarks in a public meeting at Kujang in Jagatsinghpur district which created statewide hue and cry.