In a significant development in the murder case involving Naba Das, minister of health, the court has ruled that the accused, Gopal Das, is not mentally ill.
According to the ruling of the Jharsuguda Additional Sessions Judge court, Gopal is of sound mind.
On February 5, the State government established a medical board consisting of four specialists from the SCB Medical College and Hospital to evaluate Gopal’s mental health. On the basis of the report, the court passed its order.
“The person is conscious, alert, cooperative, and communicative. He is well groomed with eye-to-eye contact. Rapport is established. Mood and affect-appropriate to the situation. Speech is relevant, coherent, and goal-directed. Thought content-no abnormality, perception-no abnormality, orientation-intact, memory-immediate, recent, remote all intact, judgment-intact, intelligence-average, Abstract thinkning-intact, insight present. The above observation made by the medical board nowhere it is found that the accused is suffering from mental illness,” read the order (sic).