While the court has granted the permission for conducting DNA test to prove the identity of absconding rape case convict Bitti Mohanty, who had been arrested from here on March 8 on charges of impersonation, forgery and cheating, investigating officers can subject him to undergo the test only with the consent of the accused and one of his parents.
The Additional District and Sessions Court here on May 17 had allowed the prosecution’s plea for conducting the DNA test on the arrested who had been working in a public sector bank here under the fake name of Raghav Rajan.
He had earlier joined a college here under the same fake name and secured the MBA degree.
The police officers investigating the case here said they had already initiated the procedure for securing the summons of the Judicial First Class Magistrate at Payyannur to be served on Bitti and his parent for getting their consent for the DNA test.
An officer involved in the probe said the DNA test could not be conducted if they refused to undergo the test.
Such a refusal, however, would favour the prosecution argument, he said, adding that no one falsely charged with impersonation would refuse to undergo the test that would prove his real identity.
The police sought the DNA test as the arrested person continues to claim that he is Raghav Rajan and not Bitti Mohanty, though the investigating team had collected evidence to prove his real identity from Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jaipur, and Puttaparthi.
According the investigating team, Bitti Mohanty had assumed the fake name after he jumped parole in 2006 while undergoing seven-year-long sentence in Rajasthan in the case of rape of a German national.