Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, July 11:
The Supreme Court of India has admitted a petition by two convicts challenging the Odisha High Court’s verdict in the sensational Parsuram Satpathy murder case of Bolangir.
Former Kantabanjhi MLA Prasanna Pal and Artatrana Singhdeo, the two convicted by the High Court in the case had moved the Supreme Court seeking bail.
A division bench of the apex court comprising of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and N V Ramana took up the matter for hearing on Friday.
The division bench has served notices to the state government and the complainants’ two elder brothers of the slain Parsuram Satpathy-Hare Ram Satpathy and Sriram Satpathy seeking replies within two weeks.
The court has said it will fix up the date for the next hearing in the matter after receiving replies from the state government and the complainants’.
Prasanna Pal and Artatrana Singhdeo after being convicted by the High Court in May last in the murder case had sought anticipatory bail from the apex court.
However, the apex court granted no relief to the duo rather asked them to surrender before the district sessions court within two weeks and only after that they can apply for bail.
Senior advocates of the Supreme Court of India P N Mishra and Ashok Kumar Panda conducted the proceedings on behalf of their clients Prasanna Pal and Artatrana Singhdeo respectively at the court.
The division bench expressed its surprise over the verdict having been pronounced after 41 years of the murder. The court sought to know whether the accused were in jail or were on bail. To which the defendant’s counsel told the court that the accused were set free after being declared as innocents by the district court and High Court.
Notably, Parsuram Satpathy was murdered on November 29, 1974