Orissa cop gets reprieve from Rajasthan court


Jaipur : B.B. Mohanty, a senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer from Orissa whose rape-convict son has escaped from a jail, got a reprieve from a court here Thursday as it refused to issue a non-bailable warrant against him.

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The court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate said that the Rajasthan Government's plea for a non-bailable warrant against Mohanty cannot be entertained as police should arrest him in the normal course.

"It seems that police were seeking non-bailable warrant against Mohanty without making any efforts to arrest him," the court observed.

"Mohanty is a senior police officer. He has not absconded fearing his arrest and is attending his office regularly," it said.

"Under such circumstances when the person in question has not absconded or shown any inclination to avert his arrest there is no need to grant a non-bailable warrant against him."

A police official said: "We are examining the judgement and we my approach a higher court with our plea."

The Rajasthan government had approached the court Tuesday against Mohanty in connection with a case registered at the Lal Kothi police station on Jan 10 for allegedly helping his son Bitti Hotra jump parole.

Mohanty had been directed by the Supreme Court to surrender before a Jaipur court.

Bitti was convicted of raping a 26-year-old German tourist in Alwar in March 2006. An Alwar court sentenced him to seven years in jail. On Nov 20, 2006, He was allowed a 15-day parole to meet his ailing mother but he jumped parole and has not returned.

The Rajasthan police after a probe into the incident filed a case against the convict's father for allegedly helping and abetting his son escape and harbouring him since then.