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Murder charge: Mahima, aides not given interim protection

Cuttack, Dec 3: The Orissa High Court on Saturday did not give any interim protection to industrialist Mahimananda Mishra and three of his associates in connection with the murder case of Seaways company general manager Mahendra Swain.

Taking up the anticipatory bail applications of Mishra and three of his associates, Justice CR Dash called for the case diaries (CDs) in the matter and posted the bail applications to be heard again after the winter vacation.

Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL) chief Mishra and his associates, OSL executive director Basant Bal, operation manager Subash Acharya and senior manager Debi Tripathy are booked by the Paradip police in connection with the murder of Mahendra Swain, who was the general manager of another Andhra Pradesh-based stevedoring company. Swain was murdered on October 26 when two miscreants allegedly shot him dead near the Ambedkar Bhawan at Madhuban Colony in Paradip.

Pleading innocence in the matter, the industrialist had approached the High Court last month seeking anticipatory bail. He too has challenged the Lookout Circular issued against him by the Jagatsinghpur police.

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