Casting couch case: Papu aide denied bail

Bhubaneswar: The District and Sessions Judge, Khurda on Monday rejected the bail plea of Pradeepta Swain, a close aide of Ollywood actor Tatwa Prakash Satpathy aka Papu Pom Pom, accused of sexually harassing a minor girl.

Swain, along with the Ollywood comedian, has been lodged in Jharpada jail here since the duo’s arrest on June 30.

Earlier in the day, the defence counsel submitted the victim’s mobile phone in court. He also handed over to the court documents relating to the actor’s vehicle, which was seized from his house in Jagannath Vihar area here.

The Commissionerate Police has registered a case against Papu and Swain under several sections of IPC and Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

On July 11, the court had rejected the bail pleas of the two.