Though the State has maintained its secular traditions, it was blamed all over for ethno-communal violence in Kandhamal.
And the position of the State was vindicated in the Apex Court of the country today.
The Supreme Court not only declined to hand over the investigation of the alleged nun rape in Kandhamal to CBI, it asked her to cooperate with the Crime Branch.
The Apex Court also allowed CRPF to continue till end of December.
Bench headed by the Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan said "at this stage we do not think that handing over the investigation into the case from the State Police to the CBI is in the interest of the victim as well as in the interest of justice.
We think that the victim will cooperate with the State Police," the Bench said.
The Bench noted that the victim has left the area and was refusing to participate in the Test Identification Parade (TIP), though nine persons have been arrested in connection with the alleged rape.
The Crime Branch of Orissa Police is investigating the nun rape in Kandhamal.
On the issue of compensation for damage caused to churches during the communal riots, the Bench asked the Orissa Government to assess the damage and consider generously to support them in re-building.
The Apex Court said that proceedings in cases arising out of the violence will have to be conducted by setting up Fast Track Courts.
Further, the Bench said that the CRPF provided to the State Government for maintaining law and order in riot hit area will remain there till 31 December in view of Christmas.
Rapheal Cheenath, the Archbishop of Bhubaneswar- Cuttack had in a petition sought Rs 3 crore compensation for demolition of Churches in the anti-Christian riots, while seeking a CBI inquiry into attacks on Christians.
He alleged that the Orissa Government was not taking steps to arrest the culprits.
He also alleged that the nun, who was allegedly raped and paraded the nun naked on 25 August in K Nuagaon to be investigated by CBI.
Tarun Kanti Mishra, Principal Secretary Home Department of Government of Orissa expressed his happiness over the judgment of the Supreme Court.