BJP’s Khurda MLA Prasanta Jagadev gets regular bail in EVM damage case

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today granted regular bail to BJP’s newly-elected Khurda MLA Prasanta Kumar Jagadev in an EVM damage case.

The Khurda District Court had earlier granted him interim bail for three days– June 9, 10, and 11.

While granting him regular bail, the High Court said conditions of the bail set by the lower court will be applicable.

Jagadev was arrested and remanded to judicial custody for allegedly damaging an EVM at a polling booth in Begunia Assembly Constituency in Khurda district during the third phase of the twin polls in Odisha.

Jagadev had gone to the booth along with his wife to cast vote, during which he allegedly vandalized the machine.

On the basis of a complaint lodged by the concerned Presiding Officer, police detained Jagadev for questioning and later arrested him. A case was registered against him under Sections 452, 448, 294, 354, 323, 332, 427, 171(c), 506 (i), 354 and 34 of the IPC.

However, Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi shared the CCTV footage of the incident at the polling booth, claiming that Jagadev was innocent. She also alleged that the BJD hatched a conspiracy against Jagadev to impact his popularity.

Notably, Jagadev was elected to Odisha Assembly from Chilika seat on a BJD ticket in 2019. He was expelled from the regional party for his alleged unruly behaviour. He later joined the BJP and got the ticket to fight the 2024 Assembly polls from Khurda seat.

Jagadev successfully contested the polls by defeating his nearest rival BJD’s Rajendra Kumar Sahoo by a margin of 8598 votes.

Jagadev got 80564 votes while 71966 votes were polled in favour of Sahoo.

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