SC sends notice to Odisha govt on Sarathi Baba


Cuttack: Santosh Raul alias Sarathi Baba had approached the Supreme Court for bail after his plea was rejected multiple times at Orissa High Court. On Thursday, the Supreme Court conducted the hearing of the bail plea and sent a notice to the Odisha government.

Earlier, Supreme Court had deferred the hearing the self styled Godman Sarathi Baba in January and he was asked to produce necessary documents in the lower court.

Sarathi had moved the Supreme Court on December 13 seeking his bail plea after the High Court had rejected his pleas several times.

Sarathi has been arrested by the CBI on charges of cheating and harassing Kendrapara based Mamata Swain and her mother along with exploiting medical student Rojalin.

The alleged Godman was charged under Sections 120-B, 420, 467, 341, 379 and 506 of IPC along with Section 3 of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Section 25 of Arms Act and Section 7 of the Religious Institutions (Prevention of Misuse) Act.

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