Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 26:
The Khordha district sessions court here today allowed former Odisha advocate general Asok Mohanty to go on bail against a surety of Rs one lakh and two bailers.
Earlier in the day, the court had kept its judgment reserved after completing the hearing in the matter.
The former advocate general was in judicial custody since his arrest by the CBI for his alleged links with Artha Tatwa (AT) Group, a key player in the multi-thousand crore chit fund scam in Odisha.
The court allowed Mohanty to go on bail as the prosecution failed to prove charges of criminal conspiracy (IPC 120-B) leveled against Mohanty. A battery of lawyers led by Asim Amitav Das pleaded the case on behalf of Mohanty.
The court has asked the former advocate general to co-operate with the CBI in its investigations.
On Thursday, the Odisha High Court had asked Mohanty’s counsel to move the Khordha district sessions court for bail and directed had the CBI to submit the case diary and related documents by the first half today.
The High Court had also directed the district sessions court in Bhubaneswar to take up the matter in the first half on Friday and give a copy of the verdict to Mohanty’s counsel by 1 pm.