Minister: Former District Judge appointed to monitor Mamita murder case

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has appointed former district judge A.B.S Naidu to monitor the investigation into Mamita Meher murder case, said Minister of State for Home, Dibya Shankar Mishra in the State Assembly today.

Replying to a query, Mishra told the House former district judge A.B.S Naidu has been appointed for supervision of the Sunshine woman teacher’s murder case. The Orissa High Court nominated Naidu to monitor the probe after a request was made by the Odisha government to nominate a sitting or retired judge of the High Court or a District and Session Judge.

The minister added the Mamita Meher murder case is under investigation.

BJP chief whip and Keonjhar MLA Mohan Charan Majhi in the House sought a reply from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the case. He wanted to know how many cases have been filed in the Mamita Meher murder case and how many persons are involved. Also, Majhi asked about the details of VIPs who visited the premises of the Sunshine School-Mahaling College on different occasions.

The BJP legislator further asked whether the sexual exploitation motive has been included under the purview of the investigation.

Meanwhile, the all-party meeting called by Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro to end the deadlock on the Mamita Meher murder case could not reach a consensus. Patro adjourned the proceedings till Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, the Opposition members created a ruckus in the House over the murder case. The House could run only for eight minutes today.

Earlier this month, the High Court sought Status Report from the State Government over the investigation. 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.

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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 resignation of Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra over his alleged links with the prime accused.

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