Odisha Suntimes Bureau
Cuttack, Oct 15:
The Odisha High Court deferred the hearing on the anticipatory bail plea of former government chief whip and BJD MLA from Banki Pravat Tripathy till tomorrow.
The court also extended the interim relief from arrest by the CBI provided to Tripathy for his suspected complicity in the mega chit fund scam till tomorrow.
This is the third time the court has extended interim relief to Tripathy while deferring hearing on his bail plea.
The court had extended Tripathy’s interim relief by one day yesterday while keeping today as the date for hearing in the matter. Earlier on Monday, the court had extended Tripathy’s interim relief for one day till Tuesday while posting the date for the hearing to Tuesday.
The CBI on Tuesday submitted Tripathy’s voice test report, transcript of the CD and the case diary to the High Court.
It may be noted on September 30, the High Court had granted Tripathy interim relief from arrest by the CBI on charges of his complicity with the Artha Tatwa Group’s financial fraud in the mega chit fund scam till October 13.
While granting interim relief to Tripathy, the court had asked the CBI to submit the forensic lab report of the voice test that sought to match his voice in a recorded phone conversation with AT group chief Pradip Sethy with the voice recorded by the CBI during his interrogation.
Tripathy, whose house was raided in August by the CBI in connection with its probe into the chit fund scam, had moved the High Court on September 15 seeking anticipatory bail, apprehending that the Central agency may arrest him anytime.