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Ramakanta Biswas

Gobinda Sahu, the prime accused in the murder of Kalahandi lady teacher Mamita Meher, has made a fresh petition in the court of the additional district and sessions judge, Kantabanji, seeking bail. 

Sahu’s lawyer has filed the bail petition in the additional district and sessions judge court of Kantabanji yesterday. Admitting the petition, the court has fixed December 6 deadline for the hearing. 

Earlier, Sahu had applied for bail in the Bangomunda judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) court. However, the court had turned down his bail plea. He is now lodged at the Kantabanji jail.

Public prosecutor Kanan Kishore Panda said, “The bail application has been made in the court of additional district and sessions judge. Earlier, the bail plea was rejected by JMFC court in Bangomunda. The hearing of the bail plea has been scheduled for December 6.”

Mohanlal Sharma, the advocate representing Sahu, said, “The bail application has been filed yesterday. It is listed for hearing on December 6. The court also sought case diary from the IO (investigating officer) in the case.” 

On the other hand, the Bolangir police, who are investigating the murder case, are expected to submit a status report of the probe in the Orissa High Court tomorrow.

It is worth mentioning here that Sahu was arrested on October 19 in connection with the murder of Mamita Meher, a teacher in Sunshine Public School in Mahaling. 

The case took a political turn after the close proximity of Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra with Sahu came to light. Since then, the Opposition BJP and Congress have been demanding the arrest and removal of the Minister and a CBI inquiry into the case.

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