Cuttack, Aug. 24: Director-general of police (homeguards) Bidya Bhushan Mohanti has been suspended.
The brief order from the chief minister’s office this evening, however, did not cite any reason for the suspension.
For the first time in over seven months, Orissa police today stepped up processes to execute a non-bailable warrant against the senior IPS officer, making his arrest imminent. Director-general of police Amarananda Pattanayak had reportedly issued orders for execution of the warrant “by sunset” soon after it was delivered around 11.35am by Rajasthan police team.
Top officials, on condition of anonymity, said Pattanayak had received clear signals from the government to proceed with Mohanti’s arrest, currently the director-general of fire services and homeguards. Cuttack superintendent of police Saumendra Priyadarshi confirmed receiving the warrant. “We have initiated steps to get it executed,” he said.
A special team of state police has raided several possible locations after attempts to locate Mohanti in his official residence or office failed. Mohanti had attended office and left before noon leaving behind a leave application. The “warrant execution operation” against Mohanti is being jointly monitored directly by Priyadarshi and district magistrate Sujata Kartikeyan.
Unconfirmed sources said that Orissa police want to arrest Mohanti and produce him before a local magistrate court, but the senior IPS officer has plans to surrender before a court in Jaipur.
Mohanti was in fresh trouble on August 20 when Jaipur chief judicial magistrate court rejected his petition to convert the non-bailable warrant against him into a bailable one. Cases had been registered against him at Lal Kothi police station in Jaipur for allegedly shielding his son after facilitating his escape from jail. Mohanti’s son Bitihotra has been absconding since he jumped parole on December 4 last year while serving seven-year imprisonment for raping a German scholar in Alwar.