Kandhamal riot cases: SC asks Odisha to reply on high acquittals

Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court has directed the Odisha government to file its response to a PIL alleging high rate of acquittals in connection with the 2008 Kandhamal riot cases.

A bench of Justices R M Lodha and A R Dave gave eight weeks to the state government to file its reply to the PIL in which petitioner mentioned that till December 9, 2011, out of 185 criminal trials, acquittals have been ordered in 121 cases.