Controversial MLA gets bail, awaits trial for murder case

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Bokaro, Oct 14 (UNI) Jharkhand Mukti Morcha Legislator Jagannath Mahto, facing five different cases, has been granted bail, but he is awaiting trial for two other unbailable warrants pending against him.

The MLA from Dumri, charged with murder, attempt to murder and Arms Act, has already been declared a permanent absconder.

However, despite unbailable warrant the police could not take him on remand due to unavailability of records.

Mahto had been a permanent absconder since 2003 as he was an accused in the killing of his cousin Deelu Mahto in 1985.

In another incident he allegedly attacked and seriously injured former Deputy General Manager of Bharat Refractries Limited (BRL) J P Sultaniya in 1995 following which he was charged under Sections 341, 324, 326, 307, 120 B, 27 and Arms Act.

When the Legislator surrendered before the court on September 27, the hearing on the two cases was also suppposed to be taken up but police seemed reluctant to take pro-active action about them.

Yesterdday, a court in Tenughat refused to accept his surrender in the murder case as the documents were yet to reach first class magistrate D K Mishra's court from Bokaro.

However, the controversial MLA, who was in judicial custody since September 27, was granted bail by Additional District Judge A B Chatturbedi in three other cases.

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