Keonjhar: Anandapur MLA Bhagirathi Sethy was caught on the wrong foot after the local police registered a case against him on charge of hurling abuses and issuing threats at BJP’s Zilla Parishad (ZP) (zone no-3) member Ashima Mishra during a meeting of the Anandapur Panchayat Samiti, last year.
Case-24/2023 under Section-294 and Section-506 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered after the Orissa High Court directed the police to register a case on the complaint filed by Mishra at Anandapur police station.
“The case was registered following a direction of the Orissa High Court and action will be taken after conducting a probe,” Anandapur IIC Debaki Nayak said.
The incident occurred during a review of the developmental works at a meeting of the Anandapur Panchayat Samiti, August 30, 2022. The MLA flew into rage and asked Mishra to get out of the meeting when she questioned the progress of the developmental works being implemented in the area.
Hurling abuses, Sethy told her that she has no right to ask questions, the woman ZP member alleged. He even threatened her with dire consequences, she alleged. She first lodged a complaint at Anandapur police station and later, filed a written complaint with the SP.
However, she moved to the high court after she failed to get justice from the district police.
When contacted, Sethy rejected the charges. He said that the meeting was underway and several male and female members as well as officials were present in the meeting. The authenticity of the allegations will be proved when police undertake a probe, he added.
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