How can we trust Crime Branch, CBI inquiry?: Narasingha Mishra on pendency of cases

Crime Branch chargesheeted in only 88 cases out of 225 cases handed over to it for probe.

Bhubaneswar: At least 225 cases were handed over to Odisha Crime Branch (CB) for investigation, of which the probe agency charge-sheeted 88 cases in the past ten years. Out of the total cases, 89 cases are still pending investigation, Minister of State (MoS) Home Tusharkanti Behera told Assembly in a query by senior Congress leader and Balangir MLA Narasinhga Mishra here today.

The veteran Congress leader lashed out at the government for tardy progress in cases handed over to Crime Branch and other agencies at a press conference here today.

It is said that Gobinda Sahu, a key accused in the much-debated Mamita Meher murder case, committed suicide in Kantabanji jail. The State agency has failed in establishing whether the delicate incident was a case of suicide or murder, the senior Congress leader expressed.

Besides, the Congress leader demanded that Orissa High Court should appoint a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for an impartial inquiry into the high-profile Naba Das murder case. “The High Court should ideally monitor the entire investigation process so that, the truth will surface, the case will be brought to justice and the wrongdoer(s) will accordingly be punished,” Mishra stated.

Some people have been demanding that the probe be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The CBI has failed in carrying out investigations in many sensitive cases. “In view of the present scenario, how can either the Crime Branch or the CBI be trusted?” Balangir MLA questioned.

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