The Supreme Court today cancelled the bail of former Jharkhand minister Yogendra Sao, against whom several cases of rioting and instigating violence have been registered.
A bench headed by Justice SA Bobde said it is satisfied that there were breach of bail conditions imposed in December 2017 on Mr Sao as his "unauthorised presence" was found in Jharkhand.
Mr Sao had been directed to stay in Bhopal.
The court, also comprising Justices SA Nazeer and Indira Banerjee, transferred the trial in 18 criminal cases against Mr Sao and his lawmaker wife Nirmala Devi, who is also an accused in similar cases, from Hazaribagh in Jharkhand to Ranchi.
However, the top court rejected the state government's plea seeking cancellation of Ms Devi's bail, saying in her case the deviation in bail conditions were minor in nature.
However, the court refused to accept Ms Devi's plea to allow her to stay in Patna instead of Bhopal.
Mr Sao was a minister in the Hemant Soren government in August 2013.
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