The suspended police inspector of Rourkela Sadanand Pujary, who had arrested a judicial magistrate on April 2 , on Monday told the Justice A.S. Naidu Commission of Enquiry that he had not informed the then Rourkela SP before arresting the magistrate.
“I had not even sought the permission from the SP before registering a case against the magistrate”, Pujary deposed before the Commission on the day during the cross-examination by the Rourkela Bar Association counsel Bibhu Prasad Tripathy.
To another question, the police inspector said he did not reveal his identity to the person he arrested on that night nor did he try to ascertain the identity of the arrested person before bringing him to the police station.
He said the arrested person had only told him that his house is located at Odampada.
Odampada is a place under the Uditnagar police station where the official residence of the judicial magistrate is situated.
The then Panposh SDJM Arun Kumar Patnaik and Uditnagar police inspector had filed FIRs against the other on the day of the incident after an alleged row between them.
The police have claimed that the magistrate in an inebriated condition had resisted the police from carrying out their official responsibilities while the magistrate had stated that he was manhandled by the police.
“During the cross-examination of the suspended police inspector it was also revealed that there are a lot of discrepancies in the statement of the police inspector and the affidavit he had filed before the Commission”, said the RBA counsel.
Meanwhile, the Commission on the day also directed the State government to produce all the documents relating to the leave records of the then Rourkela S P Deeptesh Patnaik after allowing an application filed by the RBA. Patnaik in an affidavit before the Commission had claimed that he was on leave on the date of the incident and had no role in it.
Insisting that the leave records of the IPS officer during the corresponding period has relevance and interest of justice to the case, the RBA had made an application before the Commission seeking the leave records of the IPS officer.
“The State counsel is directed to take instructions for procuring all documents relevant to the leave records of the IPS officer and submit them before the Commission if there is no other impediment”, said an order passed by the Commission on Monday.