Cuttack, : The Orissa High Court on Thursday has granted conditional bail to Chilika MLA Prashant Jagdev in connection with the attack on BJP’s Balugaon Mandal president. Moreover, the court has asked the MLA not to influence witnesses in the case.
Jagdev was accused of attacking BJP Balugaon Mandal chairman Niranjan Sethi on September 8. The Chilika MLA had allegedly abused and slapped Sethi in full public view after the BJP leader inquired the reason for the delay in pension distribution from the NAC Executive Officer.
He had also allegedly snatched the mobile phone of a journalist present on the spot. Following the incident, the BJP leader had lodged a police complaint while another complaint was filed against Jagdev by the journalist at Balugaon police station. After a video of the incident went viral, the police lodged a case against Jagdev under with SC/ST harassment act.
Moreover, the BJD lawmaker was suspended by party Supremo Naveen Patnaik following reports of his alleged ‘hooliganism’.