Lifer gets bail to appear Plus II exams

Cuttack: Odisha High Court has granted an interim bail to a lifer to allow him to sit for the Plus II examinations conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), Odisha starting from tomorrow.

Abinash Behera (21) is now undergoing life imprisonment in a Sambalpur jail after he was convicted by a lower court for murder charges. Behera who had passed the Matriculation examinations in 2010 in second division while in judicial custody, had approached the High Court for an interim bail so that he could write the Plus II examinations.

A Division bench comprising Justices L Mohapatra and B K Patel allowed the prayer on Wednesday. In view of the fact that the boy had pursued the studies in jail and in the interest of justice, it would be prudent to allow the petitioner to appear for the examinations, the High Court said in its order.

The HC has allowed the interim bail of the boy for one month so that he can appear for the examinations and surrender before the lower court after it was over, the boy`s counsel Prasanna Kumar Nanda said.

During Diwali celebrations in 2008, the boy had toyed with a licensed pistol of one of his relatives not knowing that it was loaded and had pressed the trigger accidentally killing a friend Pushpak Mishra on the spot. He was taken into custody and latter in December 2011 he was convicted under section 302 of IPC.