Cuttack, Jan 12 (Agencies): A court on Thursday posted the hearing of the Kandhamal nun rape case to January 17 after the cross-examination of the investigating officer of Orissa Crime Branch.

Dilip Kumar Mohanty, a DSP-ranked officer of Crime Branch, was asked about the status of the alleged rape victim in the Baliguda Catholic Church by the defence counsel and asked whether the Crime Branch had any document or evidence to show that the rape victim is a nun or not.   

To a question whether he knows who appoints or who has the authority to appoint one as a nun in the church, the police officer replied in negative.

It also came to light that the Crime Branch had not found out as to under what capacity the alleged rape victim was working in the church and what she was doing inside the compound where she was allegedly raped in August 2008.

Since Crime Branch took charge of the investigation after almost more than two months of the incident, the IO had not examined the previous IO of the case who had rejected three FIRs of the victim.

When asked as to whether he was aware of the fact that the FIR registered in the case was initially drafted by a local advocate, Mohanty replied in affirmative but denied having examined the advocate after taking charge of the case.

With the cross-examination of Mohanty remaining inconclusive, the trial court adjourned the case for hearing again on January 17.