SCW report on Pipili challenged in HC

Cuttack: A writ petition was today filed in the High Court to quash the February 1 report of the State Commission for Women (SCW) chairperson on the Pipili rape case.

The petition filed by Nationalist Lawyers Forum secretary Nishikanta Mishra also urged the High Court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against SCW chairpersons Jyoti Panigrahi for making public her view when State High Court is seized of the matter by regularly monitoring the investigation into the alleged gangrape case.

"Jyoti Panigrahi is the chairperson of the Commission which has other members too. How could she paint her personal opinion as the opinion of the Commission," asked Mishra saying that the three-page report submitted to the government has the signature of Panigrahi alone.

Questioning the necessity of such a report at a time when the crime branch police is in the midst of the investigation, the petitioner asked as to how Panigrahi could claim that she reached at the conclusion that the "girl was not raped" on the basis of medical reports and FIR when the police are investigating into the matter and the state government has announced a judicial enquiry in the matter.

The writ petition however, has not yet been taken up for adjudication in the High Court.