The Orissa High Court today granted bail to Congress leader Arindam (Bapi) Sarkel, arrested last November for his alleged involvement in the murder of a shipping company official at Paradip. The bench of Justice J P Das granted bail to the Congress leader on a bail bond of Rs one lakh with two sureties of the same amount. Among other conditions, Sarkel has been asked to surrender his passport and cooperate with the investigating police officer.
Earlier, the Jagatsinghpur district and sessions court had turned down his bail plea. The Congress leader had surrendered before Jagatsinghpur police last year soon after Jagatsinghpur SP issued a 'lookout' notice against him in connection with the murder of Mahendra Swain in October 2016. Pleading innocence in the case, Sarkel had filed bail applications which, however, were turned down by two lower courts in the district.