Orissa assembly woman marshal to move court

August 9th, 2008 - 2:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Aug 9 (IANS) A suspended woman marshal of the Orissa assembly, who had accused the house speaker of sexual harassment, Saturday said she would move court after a human rights panel found him not guilty. Gayatri Panda, who had in March alleged that then speaker Maheswar Mohanty was sexually harassing her, expressed her dissatisfaction with the findings of the Orissa Human Rights Commission and said she would move the Orissa High Court for justice.

Her allegation that she was suspended after she refused the speaker’s sexual advances caused a political storm and forced Mohanty to resign.

Though the police have registered a case against Mohanty and is currently investigating the matter, the state government had requested the Orissa Human Rights Commission to probe the allegations.

The commission Thursday dropped the case saying it did not find credible evidence on the charges levelled against Mohanty. But Panda asserted that she had no faith in the police and the state government.

“It was the state government which had handed over the inquiry to the commission with intent to bail out Mohanty,” Panda told IANS. “I am unhappy with the report.

“I don’t have faith in the police or the state human rights commission because they also function under the state government. I will move the high court for justice.”

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