Magistrate denies being drunk

Cuttack: Former judicial magistrate of Rourkela Arun Patnaik, who is entangled in an incident of magistrate-police brawl, deposed before Justice A S Naidu Commission of Enquiry here and denied that he was drunk on the night of April 2, 2011 when he was allegedly assaulted by the local police.

In his reply to the cross examinations by the counsel of police, Patnaik said he was manhandled by Uditnagar police and was dragged by his shoulders to the nearby police station.

The magistrate, during his deposition on Sunday, said he along with the policemen covered the distance from the place of occurrence to the police station by foot on the day of the incident.

The magistrate also in his reply said he had contacted the then Rourkela SP Deeptesh Patnaik over telephone who, instead of taking any action against the policemen, insisted on reaching at a mutual compromise. He also replied in negative that the policemen had asked him to go for a medical check up on the night of the incident.