Division Bench of High Court set aside an Order of Odisha Lokayukta, in exercise of power conferred under Section 20(1) of The Odisha Lokayukta Act, 2014, to initiate a preliminary inquiry on a complaint received from Mr. Ranjan Kumar Das [Deputy Superintendent of Police, Vigilance Cell Unit, Bhubaneswar] indicating alleged corruption of Dr. Pradip Kumar Panigrahi [Member, Legislative Assembly, Gopalpur Constituency].
Division Bench of High Court has committed a manifest error in violation of Principles of Natural Justice. In deciding question of bias, we have to take into consideration human probabilities and ordinary course of human conduct [A.K. Kraipak v. Union of India, (1969) 2 SCC 262; Ashok Kumar Yadav v. State of Haryana, (1985) 4 SCC 417]. In our view, principles of bias, even remotely, are not attracted in facts and circumstances of present case.
– Hon’ble Justice Ajay Rastogi, Office of Odisha Lokayukta v. Dr. Pradip Kumar Panigrahi, [Special Leave Petition No. 6261-6262 of 2021].