New Delhi: Odisha Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy, who has been facing controversy in Pipili rape case, has resigned on Thursday.
Maharathy has been in the line of fire for the past one week following allegations that he had harboured those accused of raping and attempting to kill a 19-year-old girl at Pipili in Puri district on November 28.
After increasing public and political pressure for its lapses in the alleged gang-rape of a 19-year-old girl in a Pipili village, the Puri police on January 16 nabbed main accused Prashant Pradhan from Jatni.
"I have tendered my resignation on moral ground. In view of the coming panchayat elections, I have taken the move to safeguard BJD's image," Maharathy told reporters after handing over the resignation to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at CM's residence....more
10:49 AM, Jan 19, 2012