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Orissa HC seeks status report of CBI on Pravat Biswal's bail plea

Cuttack, Nov 3: The Orissa High Court today directed the CBI to submit final status report of its investigation in the case registered against arrested BJD MLA Pravat Ranjan Biswal for his alleged links with the Seashore Group chit fund scam. The court also sought medical report of the MLA and posted the hearing of the bail petition to November 23.

Earlier on October 17, the HC deferred the hearing of bail application Biswal when the prosecution could not submit the case diary (CD) in the court till November 3. The three-time ruling party legislator was arrested by the CBI, probing the multi-thousand-crore chit fund scam in Odisha, in September for his alleged links in the multi-crore Seashore chit fund scam. Calling for the status report and medical report, the court posted the case to be taken up again on November 23.

Soon after Biswal's arrest on September 19, he was taken ill and rushed to the Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar in judicial custody. When his condition further deteriorated, he was shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack and since then the Cuttack-Choudwar MLA is in the SCB under custody.

He had moved the High Court seeking bail after his bail applications were rejected twice by the Special CBI court and Khurda District and Sessions Court.

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