JE Sit-Up Row: Patnagarh MLA Saroj Meher gets conditional bail from court

Bhubaneswar: Embroiled in controversy over forcing a Junior Engineer (JE) to make sit-ups, Patnagarh MLA Saroj Meher has been granted conditional bail by Bhubaneswar Special ADJ-II Court today.

The court allowed Meher to go on bail on the surety of Rs 25,000 and two bailers with a direction to cooperate with police in the investigation process.

Notably, a few days back a video featuring the MLA forcing the PWD JE of Belpada Jayakanta Sabar in public to do sit-ups surfaced.  Later, he was even seen directing the Engineer-in-charge to slap the JE. After the video created a huge uproar in the State, the government ordered a probe into the incident and Balangir Collector Arindam Dakua submitted a report on the same subsequently.

Later, the District Tribal Welfare Association appealed the government to take action against Meher. They threatened to gherao the Odisha Assembly on June 26 over the incident if the demand is not fulfilled.

He was taken into custody by police on June 24.

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