Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, May 16:
The Orissa High Court today granted conditional bail to industrialist Mahimananda Mishra aka Mahima Mishra in the Seaways Shipping and Logistics Pvt Ltd (SSPL) General Manager Mahendra Swain murder case.
The High Court directed the Odisha Stevedores Ltd (OSL) chief to deposit his passport and not to visit Paradip while granting him bail against two sureties of Rs 5 lakh each.
However, Mishra will remain in jail despite the bail as he is yet to get bail in the 2013 Press Chhak bomb hurling case.
Mishra’s counsel KTS Tulsi, a Supreme Court lawyer, argued in favour of bail saying that Congress Leader Bapi sarkhel, another accused in the murder case, has been granted bail.
On the other hand, the public prosecutor objected the bail plea on the ground that Mishra might influence witnesses after getting bail.
It may be recalled here that on October 26 last year, shots were fired at SSPL General Manager Mahendra Swain near Ambedkar Bhawan at Madhuban Colony in Paradip.
Two miscreants had hurled crude bombs at the SUV in which Swain was travelling.
While Swain was fleeing to save his life after alighting from the vehicle, miscreants fired two rounds at him leading to his death.
According to police, one Rakesh Choubey had received Rs 12 lakh cash in advance from OSL in September 2016 to execute Swain.