Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the bail plea of industrialist Mahima Mishra in connection with Press Chhak bomb hurling and Tarinigada firing cases.
On July 16, the Orissa High Court had granted him conditional bail in these cases. Following which, the Odisha government had moved the apex court against the verdict.
Hearing the petition, Justices Abhay Manohar Sapro and UU Lalit accepted the state government’s application and rejected the bail plea.
Mishra was granted bail by the High Court in the cases against two sureties of Rs 1 lakh each. The court had also directed him not to influence any of the witnesses and cooperate in the investigation.
The HC had earlier granted him bail in the murder of general manager of the Hyderabad-based Seaways Shipping and Logistics Limited.
It may be recalled that a bomb was hurled at lawyer Abhay Bhatt near Press Chhak in Cuttack on September 21, 2013, in an alleged attempt to kill him. It was also alleged that Mishra was interested in a piece of land worth Rs 72 lakh, which Bhatt succeeded in buying. Criminal Ganesh Sahu, during interrogation, had told police that the bomb was hurled on Mishra’s direction.
Similarly, some miscreants had opened fire on two youths at Tarinigada in Paradip in May, 2016. Police had registered a case against Mishra alleging that he had plotted it.
The indusstrialist was arrested from Thailand in December 2016 for allegedly masterminding the murder of Mahendra Swain, a top executive of Hyderabad-based stevedoring company Seaways Shipping and Logistics Ltd, on October 26 the same year near Ambedkar Bhawan at Madhuban Colony in Paradip.