Orissa HC grants bail to Pappu Pompom, aide in casting couch case
Satapathy, accused in a casting couch case involving the minor girl, and Sahoo were arrested from Puri on June 30, a day after Odisha Chief Minister and BJD President Naveen Patnaik expelled the actor from the party.regional movies Updated: Aug 11, 2016 13:44 IST
The Orissa High Court on Thursday granted bail to Odia comic actor and expelled BJD leader Tatwa Prakash Satapathy, who was arrested on the charge of sexually harassing a minor girl.
Satapathy, accused in a casting couch case involving the minor girl, and Sahoo were arrested from Puri on June 30, a day after Odisha Chief Minister and BJD President Naveen Patnaik expelled the actor from the party.
Justice J P Das also granted bail to Satapathy’s associate Pradeep Sahoo, who was also arrested in the same case along with the actor popularly known by his screen name Papu Pompom.
The two were given bail on condition that they will not influence the witnesses or tamper with evidence. They were asked to cooperate with the investigating officer whenever required.
Two courts in Khurda district had last month refused to grant them bail.
The police have registered a case against Satapathy and Sahoo under various Sections of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
Friends Foundation, a city based NGO, had filed a complaint at Mahila Police Station against Satapathy accusing him of sexually abusing the minor girl after promising to give her a break in films.
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