Arati denied bail yet again

BERHAMPUR: The Gajapati district and sessions court on Friday rejected Arati Majhi’s bail plea in two other cases, even as the 22-year-old Maoist leader was undergoing treatment at MKCG Medical College and Hospital here.

District and sessions judge B N Mishra rejected her petition stating there was “no new circumstance” to release her in bail, even though Arati’s counsel cited health grounds and pointed out that the government had assured her release in bail in exchange of Paolo Bosusco.

Meanwhile, MKCG sources said she was improving. “She is likely to be discharged after another medical test,” a doctor attending her said. Arati was admitted to the diarrhoea ward of the hospital on Thursday after complaining of stomach ache.

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.

The court had already rejected Arati’s bail plea twice in cases relating to burning Orissa state road transport corporation (OSRTC) buses.

Hearing in two more cases was held on Friday. These were regarding torching OSRTC buses and telephone towers at Raipanka in Gajapati district on December 28, 2009.

Implicated in at least eight different Maoist-related cases, Arati was arrested by the police on February 10, 2010. At present, she is housed in the Berhampur circle jail.

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