CRIME IN IAS OFFICERS’ RESIDENCE: IS CM’S STEP THE BEGINNING OF HUSHING UP BUSINESS?

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

If the Chief Secretary (CS) investigates and issues a clean chit to IAS officer Ardhendu Mohan Sarangi and his wife Madhur also of IAS, in the matter of murderous assault on a low-paid employee in their residence, can the Police dare to find them guilty?

The poor employee Ramesh Sethi engaged in gardening by the Sarangis was brutally assaulted in their secured compound that has rendered him senseless since morning of May 21. With a surgery on brain he has been laying in critical condition in the Neurosurgery Department of S. C. B. Medical College, where Sarangi had remained present in the daytime today.

Sarangi’s presence in the Hospital watching progress of the operation makes it clear that he is well aware of the crime perpetrated. But he has not informed the Police about it. Why? Police is to find out the answer. Many such questions are there that the Sarangis are the persons to answer. But will the Police elicit the answers or the Chief Secretary?

When Sarangis have stayed away from informing the Police on the crime committed in the secured privacy of their residence, a self-proclaimed priest of theirs has preferred a belated FIR that informs Police of assault on Sethi with a spade following which the spade has been recovered from Sarangi’s compound.

So it is a homicidal offence calling for sessions trial.

In the matter of offenses of this nature, Law has given Police the right to investigate. But Law has never given any investigative role to the Chief Secretary.

It is intriguing therefore that the Chief Minister has preferred the CS to investigate into this tricky case of crime.

Is it the beginning of hushing up business?

KALPANA FINALLY GRACED THE EVEREST

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Sun was to march for fifteen more minutes to reach the zenith on May 21, 2008. Orissa’s dashing daughter Kalpana set her brave feet on the top of Everest and bestowed upon it the grace of Triranga at 11.45 A.M.

The Himalayas bowed majestically to the young epitome of Himalayan determination who was dauntlessly standing at a height of 8848 meters.

Kalpana, born to Dhenkanal’s Shailabala and Gunanidhi Das is a lawyer by profession but a mountaineer by mission.

When her second attempt to reach the top of the world was to be terminated at a height of 8000 meters on May 29, 2006 because of invincible blizzards, she had generated in every Oriya heart a very unique feeling of oneness with her and also confidence that she will sure reach the summit one day.

That day came yesterday.

AN INSTANCE OF IAS HOODLUMISM: POLICE MUM ON ATTEMPT TO MURDER A CLASS-IV EMPLOYEE IN SARANGIS’ RESIDENCE

MEDICAL COLLEGE SHOULD PUBLISH DAILY BULLETINS ON THE EMPLOYEE’S HEALTH

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak


Ardhendu and Madhuri Sarangi, a couple in senior echelon of Indian Administrative Service in Orissa Cadre may not have ever occupied media headlines for any excellence in performance of official duties; but they have earned repeated media mention for wrongdoings / criminal activities in their official residence.

The latest instance is about an attempt to murder a low-paid Class IV employee in their house.

The employee, by name Ramesh Sethi, was allotted by the concerned authorities to Sarangis and they had engaged him to tend their residential garden in blatant contravention of administrative guidelines.

He was assaulted on the head.

First admitted into the Capital Hospital yesterday, he has been referred to Neurosurgery Department of the S.C.B.Medical College Hospital, Cuttack, where reportedly in a critical condition he has been placed in Bed No. 4 of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Even as Capital Police is keeping a melancholic mum over the matter, the Capital Hospital that has referred the case to the Medical College is shying at queries. The ICU, as expected, is not allowing interaction with the injured lowest rank employee.

Government has not preferred any Press note as yet.

If the employee is steeled in attempts to suppress revelation of the mens rea as well as of who from amongst the Sarangis assaulted him – under the climate of crime that has engulfed Orissa – that would not be anything very impossible to happen.

So, it is necessary that the medical college should publish daily health bulletins on Sethi till he is out of danger, real or apprehended.