Berhampur, May 6 (Localwire): Top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda was acquitted by a local court due to lack of evidence at Paralakhemundi in Gajapati district on Monday.
The chief judicial magistrate Gajapati, M Iswara To, acquitted Panda in nine different cases, that he was implicated in during 1997 to 2001 under Adava police station, said his advocate Deepak Patnaik.
The judge let off the Maoist leader after examining several witnesses including informers, Patnaik said.
Police registered a case against the Maoist leader alleging he and other ultras had robbed crops forcibly from different persons in the area.
Patnaik said Panda was acquitted in as many as 51 different cases, including these, by various courts in the state.
As many as 134 cases were registered against Panda in different police stations in Ganjam, Gajapati, Kamdhamal, Rayagada and Nayagarh districts.
At least two cases of Maoist leader were pending in the state high court, Patnaik said. ‘We are hopeful that he will be acquitted in other cases too,’ his advocate said.
Panda was arrested by the police in 2014 from a house near Bada Bazaar area here.
Panda had formed the Odisha Maobadi Party.