Mamita Meher murder: Retired District Judge to monitor probe

Bhubaneswar: Based on a request submitted by the Odisha government, the Orissa High Court today directed a retired district Judge to monitor the probe into Mamita Meher murder case which created a furore in the State.

The Orissa High Court assigned retired district Judge Justice A.B.S. Naidu to supervise the probe into the woman school teacher murder case. The move comes after the State government few days back requested the High Court to nominate a sitting or retired judge of the Orissa High Court or a District & Sessions Judge to monitor the investigation of Mamita Meher murder case.

In order to have transparency in the woman teacher murder case as it is a sensitive case, the Odisha government had made the request to the High Court, said official sources.

Earlier this month, the High Court sought Status Report from the State Government over the investigation into the Mamita Meher murder case within a week. The next hearing has been scheduled on December 3.

Mamita’s father Suchandra Meher had moved the High Court and filed a petition seeking fast track trial in the case.

Expressing displeasure over the investigation by police, the petitioner had alleged that delay in completion of the probe was putting mental pressure on his family members.

The murder of 24-year-old Mamita Sahu of Jharni village under Turekela block of Balangir district had sent shockwaves across the state.

While Mamita was working as a teacher at the Sunshine English Medium School at Mahaling in Kalahandi district, prime accused Govind Sahu was the managing committee president of the educational institution.

Mamita went missing on October 8. Alleging involvement of Govind Sahu behind her missing, Mamita’s family members had lodged a complaint with police. On October 19, bones of Mamita’s body were exhumed from a stadium construction site of the school in the presence of police. In this connection, three persons including Govind Sahu have been arrested so far.

Opposition BJP and Congress have been demanding the resignation of Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra over his alleged links with the prime accused.

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