Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Feb 7:

The Cuttack District and Sessions Judge Court today rejected the bail plea of Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL) Managing Director Mahimananda Mishra aka Mahima Mishra in the 2013 Press Chhak bomb hurling and attempt to murder case.

The court had yesterday reserved the verdict on the bail plea.

Mishra had on January 16 moved the court seeking bail in the case after his bail plea was rejected by the Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) Court here.

The Twin City Commissionerate police has already interrogated Mishra in connection with the incident after taking him on a three-day remand.

A criminal Ganesh Sahu of CDA area in Cuttack who has been arrested in the case had revealed to the police during interrogation that the bomb was hurled under Mishra’s direction, police had said.

According to reports, bomb was hurled at lawyer Abhay Bhatt near Press Chhak here on September 21, 2013 in an attempt to kill him. Mishra at that time wanted to purchase a piece of land worth Rs 72 lakh but it was Bhatt who succeeded in buying it. Getting furious over the incident, Mishra might have directed to hurl bomb at Bhatt, police suspect.

Notably, the OSL chief has been arrested in connection with the murder of Seaways Shipping and Logistics Private Limited (SSPL) General Manager Mahendra Swain in Paradip.