Court scanner on delay in trials over attack on dalits in Balangir
CUTTACK: The Orissa high court on Monday expressed dismay over “no progress” in trial even after over a decade in the cases registered against alleged atrocities on a scheduled caste community by upper caste persons in a village in Balangir district.
The HC was taking stock of the progress in trial in four cases registered in Khaprakhol police station in connection with the alleged incidents that had occurred at Lathore village on January 22, 2012.
At around 3 pm on that day, an armed gathering of members belonging to the upper castes allegedly attacked persons belonging to SC community who were agricultural daily labourers, and set their houses on fire.
Within the span of one hour, around 210 people living in 45 houses, including women and children, were allegedly left without shelter and assets. The inspector in-charge of Khaprakhol police station had filed an affidavit indicating the status of the cases.
After perusing the affidavit, the two-judge bench of Chief Justice S Muralidhar and
found that there has been no progress in trial in the cases registered 10 years ago.
In one case pending before the court of sub-divisional judicial magistrate (
, 109 people have been named accused and 22 persons as prosecution witnesses. But none of the prosecution witnesses have been examined so far.
The affidavit further said three other cases had been transferred to the court of additional district judge (ADJ). Even in these cases there had been no progress in the trial. Taking note of it, the bench called for reports from the SDJM and ADJ “explaining why these trials have not progressed”.
of Khaprakhol police station “will place before the court on affidavit setting out the dates in which he proposes to have the prosecution witnesses examined and the outer timeline within which the trial will be completed”, the bench ordered. It posted the matter to April 13 for further consideration along with the affidavit of the IIC and reports from the two lower courts.
Seven residents of Lathore belonging to SC community who were victims of the attack filed the
. The petition was filed on October 16, 2012. But when the petition came up for hearing on April 29, 2021, the HC found that though notice was issued in the petition way back on January 7, 2013, the state government had not filed any replies till date. The HC then passed a slew of orders and has since been monitoring progress of criminal proceedings and then trial in the cases.
Courtesy : Times of india
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