Minister Murder Case: Odisha Court Rejects Crime Branch’s Plea for Re-Examination of SI’s Mental Health

An Odisha court on Friday rejected the Crime Branch’s plea for the re-examination of the mental health of suspended SI Gopal Das, accused in the murder of minister Naba Kishore Das, at NIMHANS in Bengaluru.

The Odisha Police’s Crime Branch had filed the plea before the court of the Additional District Judge (ADJ), Jharsuguda after the JMFC court rejected its prayer.

The Crime Branch had requested the court to allow it to take Das to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru for three weeks to undergo various psychological tests.

The CB’s lawyer argued that permission to take Das to the institute was being sought as sophisticated equipment and experts were available there.

However, the defence counsel stated that the agency has already taken Das into custody for 13 days and that a medical board comprising psychiatrists from Cuttack’s SCB Medical College and Hospital has stated that the policeman was in sound mental condition.

Gopal Das was arrested after he allegedly opened fire on the minister on January 29.

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