Justice Naidu panel completes probe

Cuttack: Justice A S Naidu Commission of Enquiry probing the April 2, 2011 police-magistrate scuffle of Rourkela has completed the investigation after arguments from all the concerned parties ended.

"Arguments are closed and the Commission shall submit its report to the government in due course," said Justice Naidu after holding 42nd sitting of the Commission here yesterday. The Commission had begun its probe in July 2011 holding its first sitting on August 20 last year.

A total of 44 persons, including judicial and police officers, had submitted affidavits and statements before the Commission. Barring one witness, all others appeared in person before the Commission to depose and face cross examinations.

The Panposh judicial magistrate (first class) Arun Kumar Patnaik was allegedly assaulted by Uditnagar police inspector Sadananda Pujari on the night of April 2, 2011 which evoked a statewide protest by lawyers, including that of the High Court here thereby paralysing judicial activities in the State for over a week.

Two FIRs were filed in Uditnagar police station, each against the police inspector and the judicial magistrate and a PIL was filed in the High Court. The state government had set up a judicial commission of enquiry, suspended the inspector and asked the then Rourkela SP Diptesh Patnaik to go on leave.

The Commission was asked to analyze the sequence of events and circumstances leading to the police-magistrate brawl. The Commission was also asked to enquire into the role, conduct and responsibility of the persons involved.