Odisha HC grants interim bail to prime accused of Uliburu mining scam

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today granted a three-month interim conditional bail to Deepak Gupta, the prime accused in Uliburu mining scam. The court ordered for Gupta’s release on interim bail from October 1, 2020 till January 2, 2021.

While granting the bail to Gupta, the HC asked him to deposit Rs 1 crore in the lower court and two surety bonds of Rs 2 crore each. He was also directed to deposit his passport in lower court. In case Gupta does not have a passport, he would submit an affidavit in the lower court.

Besides, Gupta was asked to provide his address where he would stay after being released on bail, phone number and email details to the Vigilance. The HC also set a condition for him not to influence the witnesses.

Earlier, Gupta’s bail plea was rejected by the Orissa High Court and the Supreme Court on several occasions. He later moved the Keonjhar Special Vigilance Court seeking bail but his plea got rejected.

Following this, he again knocked the doors of the Orissa High Court on August 7, 2019 seeking regular bail. But the HC rejected the regular bail plea of Gupta and directed the lower court to expedite the hearing of the case.

In his bail plea, Gupta stated there was hardly any progress in hearing of the case in the lower court, thereby not adhering to the directive of the HC.

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