Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 24:
The Odisha High Court Bar Association has appealed to all bar associations across the state to go for a cease-work agitation on Thursday to protest the ‘unjustified’ arrest of former advocate general Ashok Mohanty by the CBI over his alleged involvement in the chit fund scam.
The High Court Bar Association, which launched a two-day cease-work agitation on Wednesday, said it will decide on the next course of action on Friday in a meeting scheduled to be held at 10 am on Friday.
“The CBI did not follow the procedure while arresting Mohanty. There was no ground for taking him on a two-day remand. We have appealed to all bar associations in the state to cease work on Thursday and will decide on our future course of action on Friday” Bidyadhar Pradhan, secretary of the bar association, told reporters.
Meanwhile, the special CBI court here today rejected the bail plea of Mohanty and sent them to judicial custody till September 30.
Mohanty’s counsel Asim Amitav Das had moved a petition seeking shifting of his client to a hospital on the grounds that he is unwell. But he withdrew it later as per the advice of Mohanty, who refused to go to a hospital, sources said.
Mohanty was today shifted to the Jharpada jail.
The CBI arrested Mohanty Monday from his home in Cuttack for his alleged links with the Artha Tatwa group.