HC unhappy over Crime Branch’s non-completion of probe in lawyer assault case, lawyers’ stir to continue

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court expressed its displeasure over the CID Crime Branch not completing probe in the case of alleged assault on a lawyer on August 28 that has led to the lawyers’ strike.

The HC will hear the matter on November 12.

The Orissa High Court hearing the case pertaining to assault on advocate by police deferred the hearing on Monday as the Crime Branch failed to submit a complete probe report today.

Earlier on October 30, the court had directed the Crime Branch CID IG Arun Bothra to submit complete report after completing the pending investigation in connection with the incident by November 9.

Bothra is the Investigating Officer in the case. Today the Crime Branch sought six weeks to submit complete probe report. But the court expressed its displeasure and set November 12 for next hearing.

The Orissa High Court on October 30 ordered that Justice CR Das of the court will supervise on a day-to-day basis the investigation being conducted by Crime Branch IGP into the four criminal cases registered in August on the police-lawyer face off while posting the next date of hearing to November 9.

The Supreme Court in September had entrusted IGP Bothra to investigate the cases.

The lawyers are on strike for the last 72 days demanding immediate arrest of the police personnel involved in the attack on one of our colleagues on August 28 in Nuabazaar in Cuttack.

Meanwhile, the Orissa High Court Bar Association today decided to continue the cease-work agitation.

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