New Delhi/Bhubaneswar, Nov 17 (LocalWire) The Supreme Court has dismissed the review petition seeking bail of Odisha’s top billionaire Mahimananda Mishra, who is an accused in a murder case.
“We have carefully gone through the Review petition and the connected papers filed therewith. We do not find any ground, whatsoever, to entertain the same.
The Review Petition is, accordingly, dismissed,” a division bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice L. Nageswara Rao and also comprising Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar, said, in their order recently.
Mishra had moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of its earlier order on its refusal of bail.
On Sept 23, the apex court’s two-judge bench had dismissed Mishra’s bail application on the grounds that he might tamper with evidences if he be released on bail.
Advocate on Record (AoR) Vipin Nair appeared along with lawyer PB Suresh for victim Mahendra Swain, had strongly opposed Mishra’s bail on the ground that if the accused would be given bail, he might tamper with evidence and influence the witnesses in the case.
According to the prosecution, there was a business rivalry between Mishra and Swain, which let to the murder of the latter.
Ranjeet Kumar, Senior Supreme Court lawyer and former Solicitor General (SG), appearing for the accused (Also respondent in the case) Mishra, had argued that after he was released on bail in May, no allegation was reported by the police against him.
There is also no allegation against him since he was granted bail by the Odisha High Court that he tried to tamper with the evidence by intimidating the witnesses.
As per industrial and other data, Mahimananda is believed to be the second largest billionaire businessman of Odisha.