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Main accused in Kandhamal violence granted bail

ICC Note

Pradhan was one of the main suspects in the violence against Christian in Orissa in which over 100 Christians were killed.Many perpetrators have to yet face justice.

By Babu Thomas

11/24/2010 India (Christian Today)-BJP legislator Manoj Pradhan, one of the main accused in the 2008 Kandhamal violence, was Monday granted bail by the Orissa High Court.

Pradhan who was serving a six-year jail term was granted bail by a single judge bench of Justice (Mrs) Aruna Suresh.

Pradhan was convicted in September for the murder of Bikram Nayak from Budedipada of Tiangia village. He had over 14 cases against him, mostly murder charges.

Pradhan being released on bail is a big threat to the witnesses of cases against him, said Attorney Bibhu Dutta Das of the Orissa High Court.

If Pradhan remains free, Das said, he likely will be acquitted in all other cases as he will be able to threaten witnesses.

According to Das, such aquittals in Orissa were the result of defective investigation carried out by the police.

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