Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The Orissa High Court on Wednesday granted conditional bail to Jagabandhu Chand, husband of sextortion case main accused Archana Nag.

Chand got bail in connection with a complaint filed by another accused, Shradhanjali Behera at Khandagiri police station. 

While three cases have been filed against Jagabandhu, he got bail in the honeytrap case involving Archana’s aide Shradhanjali. 

However, the conditions put forth by the court are yet to be cleared. As the investigation into the case is yet to be completed, it is expected that Jagabandhu has been told by the Court to cooperate in the investigation process, not to intimidate the witnesses and not to go outside the State or country without the permission of the Court.

Earlier in her complaint lodged at the Khandagiri police station, Shradhanjali had alleged that she was used by Archana in the racket. Shradhanjali had also alleged that Archana forced women into prostitution and she was a victim of the racket.

Jagabandhu is facing two more cases--allegedly extorting money from influential people by blackmailing them with objectionable videos and ED case.

Earlier, a local court in Bhubaneswar had rejected the bail application of Jagabandhu in the sextortion case.