The Orissa High Court on Wednesday granted conditional bail to Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahi in the case registered against him by the State Crime Branch (CB).
Panigrahi was granted bail with the condition of furnishing bail bonds of Rs 5 lakh each with two sureties and Rs 24 lakh cash security.
However, he will not be released from the Jharpada jail in Bhubaneswar as another case filed against him by the State Vigilance pertaining to corruption charges is pending.
The Crime Branch had arrested him on December 3 last in connection with a case registered with the Cyber police station. Evidence came to light that Panigrahi collected money from people on behalf of Akash Pathak, son of suspended IFS officer Abhay Pathak, on the false promise of providing jobs in the Tata Motors. This case relates to impersonation, cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and other cyber offences by Akash Pathak, the Crime Branch had earlier said.