Berhampur: Congress MLA Ramesh
Jena, who is lodged in Berhampur Central Jail has asked the
prison authorities to make special arrangements, so that he
could exercise his franchise in the Rajya Sabha election
scheduled to be held in June 17, official sources said today.
Jena, the Congress MLA from Sanakhemundi in Ganjam
district is lodged in jail in connection with a murder case.
Jena has already prayed to the Assembly Speaker, Chief
Secretary, Home Secretary, Director General of Police and
Inspector General (Prisons) to make arrangement for him to
exercise his constitutional right and to take part in the
crucial vote. He has appealed in a letter dashed to the
authorities through the jail authorities.
He is now an undertrial prisoner and innocent in the
eyes of the law, said his advocate Dipak Patnaik.
Police arrested Jena on May 13 last in connection with
Rabi Behera alias Chicken Rabi murder case on January 1 here.
We are waiting for instructions from high authorities,
Inspector General (Prisons) V Thiyagarajan said.