Crime

HC grants conditional bail to Raja Acharya

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today granted conditional bail to gangster Sandeep alias Raja Acharya in connection with abduction of Bhubaneswar-based Jyote Motors employee. He is likely to be released from jail soon.

Though the Supreme Court in March last year had granted bail to gangster Sandeep alias Raja Acharya after he was sentenced to life for killing judo coach Biranchi Das, but he could not be released from jail due to the abduction case registered in 2010 against him at Lingaraj police station.

Lingaraj police had registered the case against Acharya for allegedly making a threat call from the jail to an automobile showroom dealer for extortion money.

The history-sheeter was convicted in the judo coach Biranchi Das murder case in December 2010 and has since been cooling his heels in the Jharpada Special Jail here. 

He was awarded a four-year jail term by a trial court here in October 2011 for abducting Arun Mantri, brother of Ollywood actress Bidusmita, in April 2008. Acharya was also sentenced to one-year rigorous imprisonment by a trial court here in March 2012 for sending threat SMS to album actress Leslie Tripathy.

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