Rights commission to probe Orissa sexual abuse case

April 1st, 2008 - 8:35 pm ICT by admin  

Bhubaneswar, April 1 (IANS) The Orissa government Tuesday asked the state human rights commission to probe the alleged sexual abuse case that rocked the state and forced speaker Maheswar Mohanty to resign. “Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked the state human rights commission to probe the case and also asked the commission to look into the allegedly conspiracy behind it and submit a report to the government soon,” an official at the chief minister’s office told IANS.

The only woman marshal of the assembly, Gayatri Panda, 29, who was recently suspended on charges of negligence of duty, lodged a police complaint in the special women police station at state capital Bhubaneswar last week saying former speaker Maheswar Mohanty harassed her after she refused to provide sexual favours.

Mohanty resigned Monday, even as the chief minister sacked state sports and information and public relation minister Debashis Nayak for allegedly conspiring against the former speaker.

The opposition parties led by the Congress stalled the proceedings of the assembly last week demanding an independent probe into the allegations.

Mohanty and Nayak denied the charge and opted for a probe by the house but that did not satisfy the opposition.

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