Pradeep Pattanayak

The Commissionerate Police has issued a lookout circular against Ollywood singer Sourin Bhatt on Monday. After not finding the singer at his residence in Kolkata, the police issued the circular against him. 

The Commissionerate Police started the process to arrest him after the Orissa High Court rejected Bhatt’s anticipatory bail plea in a harassment case. 

“With the Orissa High Court vacating the interim protection it had granted earlier, we served notice on Sourin Bhatt to depose before the investigation officer (IO). Despite several notices, he has been avoiding his presence and is not cooperating with the IO," said Pinak Mishra, Cuttack DCP. 

"A special team had gone to Kolkata and searched for him at his residence but the team had to return empty-handed. Subsequently, we have issued a lookout notice against him through the Crime Branch. Now, he can’t go outside the country,” Mishra added. 

Last month, Cuttack Zone II ACP Amitabh Mohapatra had said the singer would soon be arrested. 

“The Orissa High Court has rejected Sourin Bhatt’s bail petition and vacated the interim protection it had granted. Now we will try to arrest him. After discussion with the DCP and getting information about his whereabouts, a team will leave to arrest him,” he had said.

He had further said that they would focus on Kolkata, his native place and Mumbai, where he was staying. “Even though his mobile phone still remains switched off, we will gather our own information and then a team will be sent to arrest him,” he had said. 

After not finding him in Kolkata, the Commissionerate Police took a tougher stance against the singer and issued a lookout circular against him.  

Notably, a woman on June 12 had accused the Ollywood singer of sexually harassing her and cheating her of lakhs of rupees. A resident of Cuttack city, the complainant reportedly works in a private bank. As per her allegations, she had come in contact with the singer in 2015.

Fearing arrest, the singer had filed the anticipatory bail petition at the Orissa High Court. The court had granted interim protection to the singer on August 1. The Court had also directed the playback singer to cooperate in the police investigation whenever required.

On August 30, the Orissa High Court had rejected his anticipatory bail plea. 

Earlier on June 22, a four-member team of Commissionerate Police had visited Sourin’s house in Kolkata but had to return empty-handed after not finding the singer.
 

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