Expressing surprise as to why the State government was unable to file a response explaining the cause of delay in cremation of Pipili gang rape victim, Justice P.K. Mohanty Commission of Enquiry probing into the sensational matter on Saturday asked the government to file its affidavit positively by the next date of hearing scheduled on September 7.

It was alleged that the body was left unattended for over 20 hours on the outskirts of the victim’s village in Pipili and the decomposed body was finally cremated nearly after 60 hours of her death.

Although responding to an earlier notice of the Judicial Commission, police commissioner Sunil Kumar Ray had filed his replies in a sealed cover, the State government is yet to file its counter on the contentious issue.

However, on the day the Commission received at least nine more affidavits from as many witnesses, who gave their statements in writing, taking the total number of affidavits received by the Commission till date to 59. Among the persons who submitted their affidavits include Pipili SDPO Rajendra Rout, investigating officer (IO) R C Sethy, a crime branch DSP and the three doctors of Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar, who had first examined the 19-year-old victim to ascertain whether she was raped or not.

After perusing the affidavits of the doctors, the Commission asked the State government to furnish a guideline if any, as to how the doctors shall act in the event they come across medico-legal cases while performing their duties.