Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Suspended ‘Bahubaali’ BJD MLA Prashant Jagdev moved the Orissa High Court on Tuesday after the Khordha ADJ-1 court rejected his bail plea on Friday in connection with the assault case registered against him for attacking BJP's Balugaon Mandal chairman last month.

Earlier on October 5, the Orissa High Court had rejected the anticipatory bail application filed by Jagdev, who has been booked in two cases of assault and intimidation by the Balugaon police. Later the top Court in the State directed him to remain present in the Khordha ADJ-1 Court and also directed the lower court to hear the bail plea of the accused.

As directed by the High Court, Jagdev appeared before the Khordha court on Friday and applied for bail. However, the lower court too rejected his plea. Following the rejection of the bail plea, Jagdev was taken into custody and later underwent a health examination before
he was sent to jail.

Jagdev was accused of attacking BJP Balugaon Mandal chairman Niranjan Sethi on September 8. The Chilika MLA had allegedly abused and slapped Sethi in full public view after the BJP leader inquired the reason for the delay in pension distribution with the NAC Executive Officer.

Jagdev had also allegedly snatched the mobile phone of a journalist present on the spot. Following the incident, the BJP leader had lodged a police complaint while another complaint was filed against Jagdev by the journalist at Balugaon police station. After a video of theincident went viral, the police lodged a case against Jagdev under SC/ST harassment act.

Moreover, the BJD lawmaker had been suspended by party Supremo Naveen Patnaik following reports of his alleged ‘hooliganism’.