The Supreme Court on Friday granted bail to Bitihotra Mohanty, the son of a top IPS officer in Odisha who was convicted for the rape of a German national in Rajasthan.
A fast-track court in Jaipur had convicted Mohanty in 2006 after which the state high court upheld it in 2016. His appeal against the conviction order is pending before the SC.
Son of a top IPS officer in Odisha, Mohanty was released on parole in 2006 to be with his mother who was unwell. But, Mohanty disappeared in 2006, changed his looks and got a job with the State Bank of Travancore on the basis of forged documents and fake identity of Raghav Ranjan.
On a tip-off, police arrested him in Kannur in March 2013 and he was subsequently sent to jail in Jaipur.
The SC bench of Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao on Friday granted him bail on the condition that he would surrender his passport and furnish a bail bond of Rs 2.5 lakh. He was directed to appear before the Cantonment police station in Cuttack every week.
The apex court granted the conditional release despite a strong opposition by Rajasthan’s additional advocate general Manish Mallik.
But Mohanty’s counsel, senior advocate Siddhartha Luthra assured the court his client would not breach the order.