Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Brahmapur, Jul 18:
Additional district and sessions judge (II) Chintamani Panda here Friday dropped charges under Unlawful Activity Prevention Act 1967 against jailed Odisha Maobadi Party chief Sabyasachi Panda and Dandapani Mohanty who acted as an interlocutor during hostage crisis.
Adjudicating on a petition filed for dropping the charges slapped against Panda and Mohanty under the UAP Act 1967 the court observed that since the charges were not slapped within the stipulated time as per section 45 (2) of the Act and there existed procedural lapses, the charges are dropped.
The court said later charges under different sections of IPC were framed against them.