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Sting ops on MLAs: Channel chief Sharma moves HC for bail

Bhubaneswar, Sep 22: India 24x7 web channel chief Ravi Sharma, who was wanted by Vigilance for grilling in connection with the sting operation involving four BJD MLAs demanding bribe for industries, moved the Orissa High Court for anticipatory bail on Thursday.

Though the Vigilance earlier had summoned him to appear before it for deposition on several occasions, but Sharma was yet to turn up.

Sharma’s web channel conducted the sting operation which was aired in a private TV channel in which four BJD MLAs including Susant Kumar Behera (Chhendipada), Seemarani Naik (Hindol), Anam Nayak (Bhawanipatna) and Bijay Kumar Nayak (Karanjia) were exposed demanding bribes from people posing themselves as industrialists for setting up of industries in their respective constituencies.

After a hue and cry, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had ordered a Vigilance probe into the issue.

Meanwhile, the anti-graft body has quizzed the four MLAs.

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