The High Court also banned the IIC from any field posting for one year and stated that the inaction shown by him is highly deplorable. The single bench of Justice SK Panigrahi observed that institutional lethargy has crept into the system. The case pertains to the murder of one Anand Toppo. Hockey player Birendra Lakra, a childhood friend of Ananda, is an accused in the case.
According to Ananda's father, Lakra had informed him over the phone that his son was found lying unconscious at his Bhubaneswar flat on February 28. He (Lakra) said that he was taking Toppo to the hospital.
Later, Anand's father alleged that he was told a day later, on reaching Bhubaneswar from Rourkela, his son has died by suicide. Suspecting foul play, he claimed that Lakra had something to do with his son's death. The father also said that the police, despite his repeated requests, refused to register an FIR in the case, prompting him to approach the high court in October.
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