Supreme Court notice to Karnataka government in Bengaluru violence case

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By: Tanumoy Banerjee

Last Update: 2021-02-20 00:39:47 IST

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The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Karnataka government and others on a petition filed by Congress MLA Akhand Srinivasamurthy against the bail granted to former Mayor Sampat Raj and former councilor Abdul Rakib Zakir involved in the Bangalore violence.

The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Karnataka government and others on a petition filed by Congress MLA Akhand Srinivasamurthy against the bail granted to former mayor Sampat Raj and former councilor Abdul Rakib Zakir, allegedly involved in the Bengaluru violence. A division bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hrishikesh Roy heard the petition. Let us tell you that on August 12, 2020, four people were killed in the violence in eastern Bengaluru.

The court has asked Sampath and Zakir to file a reply within three weeks. The Karnataka High Court granted bail to Sampat and Zakir on February 5 and 12. Congress MLA from Pulakeshinagar assembly constituency Srinivasamurthy has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the decision of the Karnataka High Court. The Congress MLA told the Supreme Court that although the accused had committed a serious crime, they were released on bail.

On Friday, the Karnataka High Court granted bail to former Congress mayor R Sampat Raj after being in judicial custody for nearly three months in connection with the violence. Sampat Raj was granted bail by a single bench of Justice John Michael Cunha. Let me tell you that Congress corporator Raj from Devra Jeevanhalli Municipal Corporation ward was arrested on November 17 last year.

Congress MLA Akhand Srinivasamurthy asked on what basis he was granted bail? It is worth mentioning that after this incident, DK Shivakumar accused the ruling BJP of defaming Congress. The Karnataka government had said to recover from the culprits the loss of public and private property in the Bangalore violence. The government had also said that a case commissioner would be appointed for this.

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