Odisha MLA released on bail after six months in jail

Bhubaneswar: A day after the Orissa High Court granted bail to Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahi, the legislator was released from Jharpada jail in Bhubaneswar today afternoon.

Yesterday, the HC granted conditional bail to the legislator in connection with the Tata Motors job fraud case registered at Golanthara police station in Ganjam district. The court granted him bail in six cases registered against him.

Three cases were lodged against the legislator at Golanthara police station, two with Baidyanathpur police station  in Ganjam district and one Odisha Crime Branch. Panigrahi gave a cash security of Rs 69.45 lakh for all the cases, including Rs 47.45 lakh and and Rs 6 lakh for cases lodged with Crime Branch and Baidyanathpur PS, respectively.

Panigrahi was arrested on December 3, 2020 in connection with the job fraud cases against him. He allegedly collected money from people on behalf of Akash Kumar Pathak, son of arrested IFS officer Abhay Pathak, on the pretext of providing them jobs in Tata company.

The Crime Branch arrested Panigrahi under Sections 419, 420, 467, 468, 469, 471, 120-B of IPC r/w Section 66 C/66 D of IT Act 2000.

BJD President and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expelled  three-time MLA and former Minister Panigrahi from the party for his involvement in alleged anti-people activities.

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