Gangster Raja Acharya released after SC bail
Bhubaneswar: Gangster Raja Acharya, the prime convict in murder of Judo coach and child prodigy Budhia Singh’s trainer Biranchi Das, was released by the District and Sessions Court here following the Supreme Court ruling.
The bail was granted by the apex court on execution of surety of Rs 1 lakh.
Moreover, the bail was granted on six conditions which include that Raja will have to inform the concerned police station during his stay anywhere in the State during a particular day. Among others, the court has also stipulated Raja not to influence or threaten the witnesses.
“The conditions include that Raja will not terrorize anyone, won’t move out of the country and deposit the passport with the concerned court, and will inform the respective police station if he visits anywhere in the State,” said Raja’s advocate, Swagat Ray.
Earlier in the day the Commissionerate Police (CP) had approached the Supreme Court to impose strict conditions on his bail.
Two days back, when Biranchi’s wife Gitanjali Panda sought police protection after Acharya was granted bail by the SC, the Commissionerate Police assured her of the same.
“We have requested the court to impose stringent conditions. I have said earlier and reiterating again, there is no need for anyone to get terrorized. Whosoever approaches us for police protection, we will take it into consideration and if need be will provided security,” said Police Commissioner, YB Khurania.
Meanwhile Gitanjali had alleged threats over her life and five other witnesses while demanding security cover for all.
Actresses Leslie Tripathy and Bidusmita also had apprehended threat to their lives if Raja comes out of jail.
It may be mentioned that Raja was able to get bail from the apex court on March 10. He was accused of murdering Biranchi Das on April 13, 2008 over his one sided love affair with Leslie.
The same year, Badagada police, where the murder case was registered, arrested Raja from Goa. Later, in 2011, the District and Sessions Court here convicted Raja in the case and sentenced him to life imprisonment.