Mamita Meher murder: Court rejects bail plea of prime accused

Kantabanji (Balangir): The Additional District and Sessions Judge Court today rejected the bail plea of Govind Sahu, prime accused in sensational Mamita Meher murder case.

After hearing the arguments of the Government counsel and Sahu’s advocate, the ADJ court initially reserved its order on the bail plea moved by Sahu. At 4:30 PM, the court rejected the bail plea on the ground that the accused is an influential person and if released on bail, he might influence witnesses and the probe.

Sahu’s advocate Mohan Lal Sharma informed the future course of action will be decided upon after examining the court order and discussions with Sahu.

Sharma further stated the court observed that the probe is in preliminary stage. As Sahu earlier escaped from police custody, he might again try the same if granted bail, the court stated while rejecting the bail plea, the counsel said.

Today, during the hearing of Mamita Meher case, the police submitted the case diary and a list seizure items before the ADJ court. Also, the police gave the statement of witnesses recorded under Section 161 of CrPC.

The murder of 24-year-old Mamita Sahu of Jharni village under Turekela block of Balangir district had sent shockwaves across the state. While Mamita was working as a teacher at the Sunshine English Medium School at Mahaling in Kalahandi district, prime accused Govind Sahu was the managing committee president of the educational institution.

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Mamita went missing on October 8. Alleging involvement of Govind Sahu behind her missing, Mamita’s family members had lodged a complaint with police. On October 19, bones of Mamita’s body were exhumed from a stadium construction site of the school in the presence of police. In this connection, three persons including Govind Sahu have been arrested so far.

Opposition BJP and Congress have been demanding the resignation of Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra over his alleged links with the prime accused.

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