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Sit-up row: Patnagarh MLA applies for bail, HC seeks case diary

Cuttack: Taking up the anticipatory bail applications of Patnagarh MLA Saroj Meher in connection with a case lodged against him for forcing a Government employee to do sit-ups, the Orissa High Court today called for the case diary in the matter.

Without giving any interim protection to the ruling party MLA, the court postponed the hearing.

Meher, a first time BJD MLA, was booked for forcing Public Works Department (PWD) JE Jaykant Sabar to do sit-ups on June 5 after blaming him for the low quality of an under-construction road at Gambhari village in Belpada block.

Video clips of the MLA’s act had gone viral on the social media and TV channels, drawing widespread condemnation.

Patnagarh police had registered a case on the basis of an FIR lodged by the victim JE’s wife. The case has been registered under different sections of the IPC and SC, ST Atrocity Act.

Meher approached the High Court seeking anticipatory bail.

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