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Mar 16, 2013 at 06:24pm IST

Bitti's father former Odisha DGP BB Mohanty is innocent, says Kerala Police

Cuttack: Bitti's father former Odisha DGP BB Mohanty is innocent and there is no evidence to suggest that he helped his son in evading law, said the Kerala Police after quizzing him in Cuttak on Saturday. A special investigation team of Kerala Police, which is probing impersonation and forgery charges against Bitihotra Mohanty, convicted for raping a German woman, interrogated BB Mohanty at the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police.

"I have nothing to say...the investigation is still on," said BB Mohanty while leaving DCP's office.

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Before questioning the retired IPS officer, the four-member Kerala Police SIT met the present Director General of Police Prakash Mishra at the state police headquarters in Cuttak and apprised him of the case following the arrest of a man Raghav Rajan at Kannur who police claimed was Bitihotra alias Bitti, Odisha Police said. The investigating team questioned Mohanty to find out whether he was aware about Bitti's stay at Kannur in Kerala before his arrest on March 8, the police said.

The Kerala team, which on Thursday visited three educational institutions in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack where Bitti studied during his school and college days, have come to the conclusion that the certificates produced in the name of Raghav Rajan were forged. The certificates bearing same number have been forged and the name Raghav Rajan has been inserted in place of Bitihotra. The private university, college and school authorities have also informed the visiting police team that they never had any student in the name of Raghav Rajan.

Bitti, convicted for raping a German woman, had allegedly forged his certificates and worked as a probationary officer using the name Raghav Rajan at a public sector bank at Kannur in Kerala before being arrested. Though police claimed that the person arrested was in fact Bitti, who had jumped parole in December 2006 from Alwar jail in Rajasthan, the person concered denied it claiming that he was Raghav Rajan, a son of Rajiv Rajan of Andhra Pradesh.

(With additional information from PTI)

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