The Orissa High Court on Tuesday granted interim protection from coercive action to BJP leaders Golak Mohapatra and Bhrugu Buxipatra in connection with the murder case of BJD councillor in Ganjam district.
Police have been restrained from taking any coercive action against the two BJP leaders. Notices were issued to Mohapatra and Buxipatra under section 160 of the Criminal Procedure Code to assist police in investigation of the murder case, court sources said.
Suspecting foul play and terming the summonses "vendetta politics" by the ruling BJD, Mohapatra and Buxipatra have approached the court seeking anticipatory bail.
Pradhan was hacked to death by a group of assailants near his home in Chhatrapur area of Ganjam district on September 16, 2017.
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