Dewas: Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh high court on Wednesday granted bail to Vikram Rao Puar, erstwhile maharaja of princely state Dewas, in farmer Pratap Lodhi murder case.

Court of Justice PK Jaiswal granted bail for Rs 10 lakh and surety bond of Rs 10 lakh. Court forwarded matter to the trial court, said advocate Ashok Verma, Vikram’s lawyer. Verma informed that they had filed a bail application before the court on March 4.

Vikram, son of former BJP minister Tukoji Rao Puar, had allegedly attacked farmer Pratap Lodhi in Raghogarh village, about 40 km from Dewas on March 19, 2015, after an argument over ownership of a piece of land. Lodhi died later due to serious injuries. Besides Vikram, 12 others were accused in the case.

He was on the run since then and a special court granted him anticipatory bail for 15 days in June 2016 as his father, former BJP minister Tukojirao Puar, was on his death bed. Vikram surrendered before a judicial magistrate on January 4.

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