Balasore sex scandal case: No end to Prashanta's plight in sight

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 08, 2011 19:36 hrs

Cuttack: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) here on Tuesday refused to grant any relief to the suspended IAS officer Prashanta Kumar Naik.

The 1984-batch IAS officer is placed under suspension since July 27, 2006 by the Orissa government as a criminal charge involving "moral turpitude" is pending trial against him in a CBI court in Bhubaneswar.

The CBI court had taken cognisance of offences under various sections of IPC against him in the sensational Balasore sex scandal case of 1999.

Although, charges have not yet been framed against the then science and technology department secretary, the trial court had summoned him for a personal appearance on September 4, 2006.

But instead of appearing in the trial court, Naik preferred an appeal in Orissa High Court which in turn kept his personal appearance in lower court in abeyance, calling for the lower court records in August 2006.

Since then, the matter is pending in Orissa High Court and presumably there has been no further progress in the trial proceeding of Naik before the CBI court.

"Since the matter is pending before the High Court …, we are not inclined to express any opinion thereby justifying the suspension order of the applicant," said CAT administrative member C R Mohapatra and judicial member A K Patnaik in their judgement.

Entangled in the sex scandal, Naik, however, had denied the allegation saying the charges were 'motivated' and aimed at defaming him at the behest of some officers in the state.

Even the CBI which was entrusted to probe into the matter had given a clean chit to Naik and the prosecution had asked the designated court to close the case against Naik.

On a protest petition by social worker Prashanta Kumar Das, the CBI court reopened the case against Naik and took cognisance of the charges levelled against him.

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