Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: A special designated court on Saturday granted conditional bail to BJD MLA Pradeep Maharathy, who was arrested in connection with the attack on Election Commission surveillance squad.

The court granted bail to the BJD MLA against sureties of Rs 50,000 and two bailers. Maharathy has also been directed to refrain from influencing witnesses and to cooperate with police during investigation.

Maharathy was arrested on April 22 for allegedly attacking Election Commission flying squad Magistrate Rabinarayan Patra and Static Surveillance Team (SST) members at the former's farm house in Pipili area of Puri district.

Maharathy has been charged with serious offences including 307 (Attempt to Murder), 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 147 (rioting) & 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon).

Earlier, the ruling party legislator was sent to Jharpada Special Jail after the Bhubaneswar Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) had turned down his bail petition.

"With the investigation mostly complete, and considering the health condition of Maharathy, the court granted him bail on condition that he should not threaten witnesses, refrain himself from indulging in criminal activities and coordinate the Investigation Officer in the probe," said Pradipta Kumar Mishra, Additional Government lawyer.