BJD MLA seeks bail in advance

Senior BJD leader and Banki MLA Pravat Kumar Tripathy on Monday approached the Orissa High Court seeking anticipatory bail following the raid of his houses by CBI.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 15, 2014, 21:56 PM IST

Cuttack: Senior BJD leader and Banki MLA Pravat Kumar Tripathy on Monday approached the Orissa High Court seeking anticipatory bail following the raid of his houses by CBI.

“Since the CBI officials had raided my houses, I apprehend that the investigating agency could arrest me any moment. In anticipation of any further humiliation, I have sought bail in advance from the High Court,” Tripathy told PTI over phone.

Ever since the central investigating agency has taken up the case in the state, at least six persons have been arrested by CBI. Two of them were owners of media houses based in Bhubaneswar.

CBI sleuths had last month raided the houses of the MLA located here and at Banki, about 40 km from here.

The raid party had apparently seized certain documents from Tripathy?s houses.

CBI sleuths had also raided the house of one of Tripathy?s close associates Subash Padhy in Banki in connection with the case.

Tripathy, being the President of 'Banki Mahotsav', had allegedly taken money from Artha Tatwa CMD Pradeep Sethy last year through Padhy, who is General Secretary of the festival committee. Sethy is now under CBI custody.

CBI sleuths have also interrogated a BJD working committee member Ashis Sahu yesterday.