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Vikash Sharma

The ongoing tussle between ex-BJD MLA Pradeep Panigrahi and the Lokayukta in Odisha has now reached the Supreme Court.

The Gopalpur MLA, who was arrested on charges of forgery, criminal conspiracy and other cyber offences on December 3, filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Monday seeking registration of a criminal case against the Odisha Lokayukta.

Panigrahi’s counsel Pitambar Acharya has alleged that the Lokayukta has submitted ‘forged’ documents in the Supreme Court.

On August 11, Panigrahi had filed a contempt of court petition against the Odisha Lokayuta in the Orissa High Court alleging forgery by the former of a HC order.

Panigrahi has alleged that the Lokayukta had moved the Supreme Court wherein it submitted ‘forged’ documents of the Orissa High Court.

It is alleged that after Panigrahi’s arrest in December last year, the Lokayukta directed the State vigilance department to probe corruption charges against Panigrahi.

The High Court then had dismissed the Lokayuta’s order. Subsequently, the Lokayukta had moved the Supreme Court against the HC order.

Panigrahi has alleged that the Lokayukta has submitted ‘forged’ documents in the Apex Court in its appeal.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pradeep Panigrahi was released from Jharpada jail in Bhubaneswar on June 12 after he was granted bail by the Orissa High Court in connection with the ‘TATA Motors job fraud’ case registered at the Golanthara police station in Ganjam district.

Three-time MLA Panigrahi was once considered to be a close aide of the BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik. Prior to his arrest, Panigrahi was expelled from the BJD for alleged 'anti-people' activities.

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