Bhubaneswar: The National Commission of Women (NCW) has served a contempt of court notice on Brahmagiri legislator Sanjay Das Burma for his recent media statements allegedly undermining the NCW inquiry committee probing into the mysterious death of Ayush doctor Madhabilata Pradhan.
The notice from NCW inquiry committee member Manasi Pradhan said that the legislator’s media statements following the committee’s Odisha visit, were found to be "intentionally" done to lower the dignity of the NCW inquiry committee and undermine the NCW inquiry process.
The notice said, the Biju Janata Dal youth wing president “took advantage of similarity” in the first name of Manasi Pradhan and attempted to create a confusion in the mind of the public by misleading her name with someone else who is functioning as the president of Puri District Mahila Congress.
It further says that the MLA “also tried to colour the NCW Inquiry as politically directed”.
The notice asks Das Burma to retract all media statements undermining the Office of the NCW Inquiry Commission and resist from making any statements in the future that amounts to contempt of court.
In his reaction, Das Burma said, “I’ll reply to the notice only after receiving it. I am also looking into the legal aspects on how the inquiry committee indicated in their report the possible involvement of Brahamagiri MLA in the case seven months after the incident”.
On May 2, the NCW inquiry committee involving Charuwali Khanna and Manasi Pradhan visited Malatipatapur railway station where the body of Madhabilata, (34), was found on railway tracks on October 12 last year. They too held discussions with District Collector, Additional Collector, some police officials and interacted with the deceased doctor’s family members.
In its report on May 15 the probe team had advised the state government to order a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the matter as the "credibility of the investigation carried out by local Criminal Investigation Department was in doubt".