**Bhubaneswar:** Casting-couch-accused popular actor Papu Pom Pom and his close aide Pradip Swain have been sent to jail following production in residential court of Khurda District and Sessions judge on Thursday evening.
The duo was sent to Jharpada jail in Capital City amid tight security after the court has rejected their bail plea.
The court will hear on his bail petition on July 4.
“Papu and his associate were arrested from Neelachal Apartment in Puri town this morning”, Police Commissioner Y.B. Khurania informed at a press meet convened on Thursday evening.
He also informed that both the accused would be produced in the court on the very evening.
The Police Commissioner said that besides registering FIR, recording statements of both victim and her mother, notices were slapped against the accused to depose before the Mahila PS here as per law, as they failed to comply as well as were perceived to have planned to abscond out of state, the special team formed for the purpose was on a massive manhunt and trapped them.
The FIR was first lodged on the basis of the complaint first filed by Friends Foundation and later by Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Nirupama Rath, the Commissioner said.
An FIR was also lodged against the actor’s close associate Pradip Swain basing on the same allegations, he added.
Papu Pom Pom has been charged under various under sections 354 (A), 506 & 509 of IPC and the protection of children from sexual offences Act (POCSO) Act.
The police registered the case after the CWC directed the Mahila Police to register a case against the actor for allegedly exploiting female actors on the pretext of giving them a break in films.
The CWC had also directed the police to record the statement of the victim under Section 164 of CrPC.
Even the statements of the minor girl victim’s mother were recorded on Tuesday under Section 161 of CrPC by the Mahila PS.
Notably, Papu was absconding for the last few days soon after an FIR was filed against him at the Mahila Police Station here on charges of casting couch allegations made by the minor victim girl actor.
Besdies hogging the headlines, BJP Mahila Morcha and Mahila Congress stepped up pressure this week for Papu’s immediate arrest.
On Thursday forenoon, BJP Mahila Morcha had gheraoed the Mahila PS and was assured by the police to make the arrests soon.
BJD on Wednesday evening announced the expulsion of Papu from the party.
Papu was a BJD MLA candidate for the Champua seat during the 2014 General Polls and had got defeated.
As per updates, Odisha Cine Artist Association has convened an emergency meeting to discuss Papu Pom Pom’s issue on Friday. His fate in the Ollywood is now expected to be hanging in balance.