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Papu Case: Lawyer Says Victim’s Father Is Lying, Misguiding Investigation

**Bhubaneswar:** As the sexual harassment case against popular actor Tattwa Prakash Satapthy aka Papu Pom Pom is getting murkier day by day, a senior lawyer on Wednesday said the victim’s father is lying and misguiding the investigation.

“Though the victim is a minor, the CWC members had identified her parents and police recorded her statement in presence of her parents, and now how can her father deny that she wasn’t her daughter. It’s a plan to misguide the entire investigation process and strategy to get Papu on bail,” said Banna Mohanty, a senior advocate.

Her father might have been influenced monetarily by the accused or by some influential persons. If she wasn’t his daughter then why he filed the affidavit and coming before media. It’s simply a plot hatched to bailout Papu Pom Pom, Mohanty added.

When we met Child Welfare Committee (CWC) member Nirupama Rath to know her version on the matter, she said, “We haven’t met her father yet and we also don’t know why he is changing his statement. We will go as per the law and take appropriate action.”

On being asked about the alleged monetary deal between the parties, Rath said she doesn’t know about the deal and she is the girl whose statement was recorded in court and in police station.

Meanwhile, Mahila Police is expected to serve notice to the victim’s father to appear in the police station.

In a dramatic twist to the sexual harassment case against popular actor Tattwa Prakash Satapthy aka Papu Pom Pom, the victim’s father on Tuesday said.

Surprisingly, in an interview to a private news channel on Tuesday, the minor girl’s father said that the girl produced in the court was not his daughter.

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