Cuttack: Investigation so far has not revealed any evidence of murder in popular social activist and motivational speaker Aditya Dash’s death, the Crime Branch submitted before the Orissa High Court through an affidavit today.
During the hearing before the bench of Justice Biswajit Mohanty, Crime Branch has further submitted that it appears to be a case of suicide.
The investigating agency has said that in the course of its investigation it had seized a suicide note which was sent to the Handwriting Bureau for examination. As per the report from the bureau, the suicide note was written by Dash. From the note, it appears that no one was responsible for Dash’s death.
The Crime Branch has stated that since the investigation in the matter is not over and the investigating team is yet to handover final documents in the matter, therefore it is not necessary to transfer the investigation to CBI or any other agency as per the petitioner’s prayer.
The 27-year-old social worker’s father Nandi Kishore Dash (56), mother Padmalaya Dash (50), and wife Bidyashree Sishu (26) have filed a petition in the High Court seeking a CBI probe into Dash’s death while alleging that the investigation is being undertaken in a partisan and motivated manner.
However, the petitioner during the hearing today cited that Dash’s death cannot be termed as suicide since no witness has deposed so. Further, in addition to that investigation has so far not cited any evidence that Dash was under mental duress, the petitioner argued.
The High Court has fixed December 15 as the next date for hearing in the matter.
The mutilated body of Dash was found on the railway tracks near Lingaraj Temple Road railway station in Bhubaneswar on July 7.
Initially, Bhubaneswar Government Railway Police (GRP) was investigating the case. After registering a case, the GRP had launched a probe to ascertain the circumstances that led to the death of Das, who was running an NGO and had set up an old age home.
However, in July last week Director General of Police (DGP) Abhay directed the Crime Branch to take over the investigation into the case.