SC reserves verdict in Itishree case

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Mar 5:

The Supreme Court today completed the hearing on the PIL demanding a CBI probe into the case of Tikiri lady teacher Itishree Pradhan who died after she was set on fire by an unidentified miscreant last year.
Itishree Pradhan Tikiri Teacher
The three-member bench headed by the Chief Justice P.Sathasivam, however, reserved its verdict in the matter.

The other two members of the bench are Justices Ranjan Gogoi and M V Rammanna.

Interestingly, Odisha government’s counsel, senior lawyer Nageswar Rao opposed the transfer of the investigation of the case to CBI on the ground that the state Crime Branch had done a through probe and submitted a charge sheet against the prime accused.

Rao, however, admitted that Itishree had indeed sent her petition to the chief minister but no action had been taken on it. He also indicated that the state government is considering taking disciplinary action against the collector and the SP of Rayagada district for their failure to act in time.

Senior lawyer Suresh Tripathy, counsel for the petitioner Ms Sudipta Lenka, rubbished the Crime Branch report and prayed that the case be handed over to an independent agency like the CBI because powerful people including the local MP were involved in the case.

On Tuesday, a junior lawyer representing the state government had, for the third time, had prayed for an adjournment in the hearing saying the senior counsel Gopal Subramaniam was not available. The court had expressed its displeasure over repeated pleas by the state government for adjournment ‘under this pretext or the other’and ordered that the hearing be completed by Wednesday.

Itishree Pradhan, a young school teacher at the Tikiri UP School in Odisha’s Rayagada district was set afire on the night of October 27 last year. She was rushed first to the Rayagada district hospital and then to the Seven Hills hospital in Vishakhapatnam with severe burn injuries, but succumbed to her injuries after six days.

The miscreant who poured kerosene on Itishree  and set her ablaze is yet to be identified

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    The junior lawyer representing the state government had, for the third time, had prayed for an adjournment in the hearing saying the senior counsel Gopal Subramaniam was not available.

    For you kind information Advocate Gopal Subramaniam was a member of Committee comprising Retired Justice J.S. Verma, Retired Justice Leila Seth and Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, was constituted on December 23, 2012, to look into the possible amendments in the criminal laws related to sexual violence against women.

    i was astounded to know that Mr. Gopal Subramaniam was representing state govt in the case. How can he represent the state government in Itishree case because this case is as bad as Nirvaya Case of Delhi? I have written a letter by Speed Post before a few weeks requesting him to withdraw his representation from this case on humanitarian ground. I think remaining absent from this case in Supreme Court for two consecutive date indicates a good signal.

    The state government should have taken strong disciplinary action against the SP, collector and other public servants long before, why the government is shamelessly waiting for the direction of Honourable Supreme Court? And why the state government has spent millions of rupees for deputing advocates like Mr. Gopal Subramaniam?

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