The Commissionerate police have arrested Papu Pom Pom (Tatwa Prakash Satapathy) accused of sexually exploiting a minor girl on the pretext of giving her a break in movies.
Papu and his associate Pradipta Swain alias Gitu were tonight sent to judicial custody after the duo were produced before the Khordha District and Sessions Judge.
Though Papu Pom Pom and his associate had moved bail applications, the court in the absence of the public prosecutor, case diary and statement under section 164 of the CrPc of the victim, the court fixed the next date for the hearing of the bail pleas on July 4.
The duo was sent to the Jharpada Special Jail here.
Police said that the accused has been arrested from an apartment in Puri. Interestingly, the arrest comes a day after the Biju Janata Dal expelled Papu from the party.
Notably, the ruling BJD on Wednesday expelled the popular comedian from the party. He had joined BJD before 2014 elections and contested unsuccessfully from Champua Assembly segment on BJD ticket.
Earlier on Thursday, police had issued a notice to Papu Pom Pom to appear before it.
A social organisation has lodged an FIR with Mahila Police Station here alleging that Papu has sexually exploited a minor girl by giving false promise to her to cast in films.