Odisha: Court rejects bail plea of Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahi again

Bhubaneswar: The Additional District and Sessions (ADG) court-3 today rejected the bail plea of Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahi today. Earlier, the MLA’s bail application was rejected by the Bhubaneswar SDJM Court.

Panigrahi has been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days at the Jharpada Special Jail in Bhubaneswar. He was arrested on December 3 by the Odisha Crime Branch in connection with a case registered with the Cyber Police Station.

He was arrested under Sections 419, 420, 467, 468, 469, 471, 120-B of the IPC and Section 66C/66D of IT Act as there is sufficient prima facie evidence against him in this case, the Crime Branch said.

Evidence has come to light that Panigrahi collected money from people on behalf of Akash Kumar Pathak on the false promise of providing jobs in Tata company. This case relates to impersonation, cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and other cyber offences by Akash Kumar Pathak, who identified himself as in-charge Managing Director of Tata Motors passenger car division.

In its complaint with the Crime Branch, Tata Motors Limited alleged that Akash Kumar Pathak took huge amount of money fraudulently from unemployed youths to get them jobs in the company. Akash Kumar illegally impersonated and projected himself as MD Tata Motor Pune Passenger Division and CEO designate.

Akash and his father and suspended IFS officer Abhay Kant Pathak were arrested by the State Vigilance for allegedly amassing assets worth crores disproportionate to their known sources of income.

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