Supreme Court rejects plea for CBI probe into nun’s rapeOctober 22nd, 2008 - 4:45 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) The Supreme Court Wednesday rejected the Cuttack archbishop’s plea for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the rape of a nun in Orissa’s Kandhamal district.A bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan also asked the Orissa government to be “generous enough” and take steps to rebuild the damaged churches in the state despite the policy of secularism preventing governments from giving any compensation to any place of worship.
Kandhamal district has witnessed communal violence, especially attacks on Christians and their places of worship, after the Aug 23 killing of a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader and four of his aides.
In the “interest of justice” as well as in “her own interest”, the bench also asked the victim to cooperate with the state’s Crime Branch, which is probing the case, in identifying the accused during the test identification parade.
The bench, which included Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice J.M. Panchal, rejected Archbishop Raphel Cheenath’s plea for a CBI probe saying that the state police have already arrested nine accused.
Opposing the archbishop’s demand for a compensation of Rs.30 million to rebuild around 16 damaged churches in Kandhamal, the state government had said in its affidavit that “according monetary compensation to any religious institution is against the secular policy of the Government of Orissa”.
Orissa government counsel K.K. Venugopal, however, expressed government’s willingness to help rebuild the damaged churches in the state but only under court’s order, or “even a suggestion” to that effect.
Accordingly, the bench said: “The state will take a generous view of the matter, will identify the damaged churches, assess the extent of the damage and take steps towards rebuilding them.”
It also asked the state government to initiate dialogue between the opposing communities in order to ensure their peaceful existence in the state.
It also asked the state government to “set up fast-track courts” to decide the cases of communal violence. It also asked the central government to keep the paramilitary forces in the state till December.
The court adjourned the matter for next hearing to the first week in January.
- Apex court upbraids Orissa government on Kandhamal relief - Aug 12, 2011
- Supreme Court asks government to ensure Orissa Christians' safety - Jan 05, 2009
- Orissa tribal community accuses state government of bias - May 12, 2009
- Supreme Court declines plea for CBI inquiry into alleged nun''s rape case - Oct 22, 2008
- We will abide by Supreme Court's directions: Patnaik - Oct 22, 2008
- Orissa opposes plea for CBI probe into nun's rape - Oct 20, 2008
- Orissa government opposes CBI probe into nun''s rape case - Oct 20, 2008
- Christians reject report on church attacks: Bangalore archbishop - Feb 05, 2011
- Restore religious places damaged during riots, Gujarat ordered - Jul 30, 2012
- Christian body slams Orissa's secular policy - Oct 21, 2008
- Nun's rape: Orissa asks for proof of Bajrang Dal role - Oct 17, 2008
- Apex court upholds life term for Graham Staines' killers (Third Lead) - Jan 21, 2011
- SC to examine high court's powers under Article 226 (Second Lead) - Jul 09, 2012
- Rita Bahuguna's plea sent to high court chief justice - Nov 08, 2011
- No aid to 2002 riots-damaged religious places: Gujarat government - Apr 22, 2011