Kunduli Gangrape & Suicide: Orissa HC to monitor SIT probe

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Cuttack: The Orissa High Court on Monday directed the State government to form a Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising senior police officers of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) rank to investigate the sensational Kunduli gangrape & suicide case.

The victim’s counsel & human rights lawyer Shrijee Bhavsar informed media persons here today that, while the State Crime Branch police have submitted the closure report of this case to the High Court, the victim’s mother and several others had urged the court for a CBI probe into the case.

After hearing the pleas of all the parties, Chief Justice KS Jhaveri said that a CBI probe into the case is not necessary as the High Court will monitor the investigation by the SIT, which will have three DIGs of the State Police. The team will submit its report to the court after a thorough investigation, Bhavsar added.

Earlier, the court had proposed a court-monitored probe and asked the state government to recommend the names of senior police officers. The court has posted the next hearing of the case to December 16.

It is pertinent to mention here that on August 3, this year, the Orissa High Court had directed the state government to take necessary steps to ensure the completion of the Kunduli rape and suicide case within four weeks. Expressing displeasure over the tardy pace of investigation by the state police, the court had proposed a court-monitored SIT probe.

Notably, on October 10, 2017, a Class IX girl student of Government Welfare School at Sorisapadar was returning from Kunduli Haat when she was allegedly gang-raped in the nearby forest by some uniformed personnel. However, the minor committed suicide at her native Musaguda village on January 22, 2019, after allegedly failing to get justice.

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