Naidu panel submits interim report to CM

Cuttack: Justice A S Naidu Commission of Inquiry, probing the Cuttack-Khurda liquor tragedy of February this year, has submitted an interim report to the state government.

Although the content of the interim report was not known, it is learnt that the Commission has made certain recommendations to the state government like measures needed to prevent recurrence of such tragedies. "It`s apt to mention here that the Commission in its interim report has not expressed any opinion with regard to any deliberate omissions and commissions of officers belonging to different departments", the order said.

However, during its fourth sitting here on Sunday, the Commission came down heavily on the state government for not engaging a government advocate till date to assist the panel in going ahead with its proceedings.

Without waiting for the State government to act, the Commission appointed Pravat Ranjan Dash, an advocate of the High Court as amicus curie, who would henceforth assist the Commission.

Meanwhile, as directed, two DCPs of Commissionerate police, S Praveen Kumar of Cuttack and Neetinjit Singh of Bhubaneswar, appeared personally before the Commission and filed their respective affidavits. The Commission accepting their affidavits exempted both the police officers from further personal appearances.

The Commission also on the day received seven more affidavits taking the total affidavit it received so far to 57. The next sitting of the Commission is scheduled to take place on May 27, the sources said.