Verdict on Maoist leader Arati Majhi bail plea likely today

BERHAMPUR The Gajapati district and sessions court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on the fresh bail petition filed by Maoist leader Arati Majhi.

Arati’s name featured in the list of Red cadres sought to be released by the Maoists in exchange of Italian tourist Paolo Bosusco. The state government had also agreed to facilitate her release, as declared in a joint statement released by the mediators and three government officials on April 7.

“Hearing of her fresh bail application has been completed. The judgment is likely to be declared on Thursday,” said Upendra Nayak, Arati’s advocate.

Arati had filed a fresh bail application on Monday after the district and sessions judge, B N Mishra, had recently rejected her earlier plea in two cases relating to burning of Orissa State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) buses in December 28, 2009 near Raipanka in Gajapati district.

Arati’s counsel argued she was the only earning member of her family and she looked after her aged and ailing parents.

Implicated in at least eight different Maoist offensives, Arati was arrested by police on February 10, 2010. She is at present lodged in the Berhampur circle jail. Arati had also appealed for bail in six other cases. Haring in those is yet to start.

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