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LAST CONVICT EX-MLA PAL SURRENDERS Saturday, 13 June 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
LAST CONVICT EX-MLA PAL SURRENDERS
Saturday, 13 June 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Former Kantabanjhi MLA Prasanna Pal, the last convict in the 1974 Parsuram Satpathy murder case, on Friday surrendered before the Balangir District and Sessions Court. He is one of the three living convicts in the murder case. Pal arrived at the court at about 9.30 am and surrendered and was later remanded to the Balangir jail.
Earlier on June 10, another convict Artatrana Singh Deo had surrendered before the court after the Supreme Court on May 21 directed him and Pal to surrender before the local court within four weeks. Prior to the surrender of the two convicts, police had arrested 69-year- old Dhobei Podha. Out of the total nine convicts, six have died since.
Satpathy, a young journalist and upcoming politician, was crushed under a jeep near the Kalamandap field in Balangir on November 29, 1974. A case was filed and the Balangir-Kalahandi Sessions judge acquitted all nine accused in the murder case on June 30, 1980. Not satisfied with the verdict, Parsuram's brother Hareram moved the Odisha High Court for permission to appeal against the acquittal order. However, the application was dismissed on January 12, 1982.
On December 2, 1983, the Supreme Court took up Hareram's petition and directed the Odisha HC to hear the appeal on merit and dispose of it in accordance with the law. Delivering its verdict last month, the HC awarded rigorous life imprisonment to the nine accused in the sensational murder case. However, only three of the convicts are alive.