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Sarathi Baba alias Santosh Roul has been granted bail

Cuttack:22/7/19: Self-proclaimed godman of Odisha, Sarathi Baba alias Santosh Roul has been granted bail by Orissa High Court today.

He has been granted bail against bail bond of Rs. 2 lakh and two bailers. The Court has directed him not to influence witnesses and cooperate in the investigation. The lower court may also set additional conditions in the bail granted.

The controversial godman had been granted bail in two other cases, earlier.

Notably, Sarathi Baba was arrested by the Crime Branch on August 8, 2015 from his Barimula ashram against charges of sexual and physical exploitation of women apart from cheating devotees.

Following his arrest a woman and her daughter had complained that Sarathi had exploited them both sexually and physically apart from defrauding them of their gold ornaments and money.

Sarathi Baba will be released from Choudwar Circle Jail in Cuttack district where he has been lodged for over three years.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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