Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Center to file affidavit in Nun Rape case

Submitted by Jyoti Prakash

The Union Govt. will file an additional affidavit in connection with the Kandhamal violence. The Supreme Court has permitted center's plea in this regard. Meanwhile the court will hear today the petition demanding CBI probe into the rape and humiliation of a Christian Nun.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, Justices P Sathasivam and P M Panchal adjourned the hearing for a day on 21st of October. The archbishop of Cuttack Raphel Cheenath has filed the petition seeking CBI enquiry and compensation of three crores for the damaged churches of Orissa. He filed the petition on 12th of this month.

The Navin Patnaik government has refused to provide Rs 3 crore for the reconstruction and restoration of Churches.  The state Govt. in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court said that it is against the secular policy of the state government to provide funds for religious places.

At the same time Orissa government has said 'NO' to the demand of CBI probe. The Govt. said, the Crime Branch of the state police was investigating the matter smoothly and a few arrests have also been made in the case.

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