Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur/Cuttack, Apr 23:
Senior Odisha BJP leader Jayanarayan Mishra was released from Sambalpur circle jail this afternoon.
Talking to reporters soon after his release, Mishra said he would challenge his illegal arrest by the police in the court.
Mishra was arrested by the police on April 15 for violating the prohibitory orders under section 144-A clamped by the district administration to restrain devotees from brandishing weapons during celebration of Hanuman Jayanti in Sambalpur city.
The Additional District Judge-1 Ambuja Mohan Das had remanded Mishra to judicial custody on the charge of wielding a sword at a public place and threatening the police during a procession in Sambalpur city on Hanuman Jayanti on April 14 this year.
He was granted bail yesterday after furnishing two bailers and a surety of Rs 20,000. However, he could not be released yesterday as the bail order was delayed.
Meanwhile, a single bench of Justice Shatrughana Pujahari of the Odisha High Court yesterday asked the Sambalpur collector Balwant Singh to file a counter to a case filed against the district administration for clamping prohibitory order during Hanuman Jayanti in Sambalpur city by May 1.
The district collector was scheduled to submit the counter yesterday.
The High Court also maintained its status quo on its interim order asking the district administration not to take coercive action against any member of Hanuman Jayanti Coordination Committee.