Minor’s father seeks to withdraw case against Odia actor

The court rejected the affidavit, as only the High Court has the jurisdiction to rule over whether such cases can be withdrawn.

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar | Published:July 5, 2016 1:33 am

The case of sexual abuse of a minor against expelled BJD leader and popular Odia actor Tatwa Kishore Satpathy saw a twist Monday as the victim’s father filed an affidavit before the court of Khurda District and Sessions Judge seeking withdrawal of the case, citing that the matter has been “amicably resolved”.

The court rejected the affidavit, as only the High Court has the jurisdiction to rule over whether such cases can be withdrawn.

The affidavit was submitted when Satpathy’s bail plea was taken up for hearing Monday. Khurda sessions court public prosecutor said the affidavit was rejected since the victim’s father had no locus standi to file such an affidavit in the case.

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Satpathy, popularly known by his stage name Pappu Pom Pom, was arrested from the temple town of Puri on June 30.

Babita Kar, secretary, NGO Friends Foundation, who had filed the first complaint on behalf of the victim against the actor for molesting the teenager after promising her roles in Odia cinema, alleged that days after the case was filed, a person went to the victim’s house with a packet and met her parents. Kar alleged that the victim was beaten up by her parents soon after.

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