Udupi: SC notice to govt on bail plea by priest in NRI bizman murder case

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October 12, 2020

Udupi, Oct 12: The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Karnataka government on a plea for bail moved by a priest, who was accused of killing an NRI businessman from Udupi in conspiracy with the deceased's wife after developing an illicit relationship with her, and burning of his body in a 'homa kund' in 2016.

A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian sought a reply from the state government within two weeks on the petition by 30-year-old Niranjan Bhat.

The petitioner challenged the validity of the High Court's order of July 27.

The HC has noted that the top court had on May 10, 2019, disposed of Bhat's plea for bail saying that some material witnesses were yet to be examined, which would take six months. The court had asked Bhat to move his bail plea after that.

The HC further pointed out that some witnesses have been recalled at the instance of the accused and they were yet to be cross-examined through video conferencing.

In the matter, Shetty's wife Rajeshwari, a co-accused, has been granted bail. 

According to the prosecution, Rajeshwari, along with her 20-year-old son, Navneet Shetty threw chilly powder into the eyes of her husband and assaulted him with a rod. Thereafter, the accused tied the victim's hands and feet and administered poison to him. Later, they carried the body of the victim to Bhat's house and burnt it by organising 'Yagna'. Further, to destroy the evidence, the bones and body parts were thrown in the river.

The victim suspected the fidelity of his wife and had lodged a police complaint with Manipal police station on July 9 before his murder on July 28, 2016. The police acted on a complaint filed by the victim's mother Gulabi as he went missing. The prosecution relied upon a DNA report to conclude the recovered body parts were the son of the complainant.

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November 24,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 23: Karnataka on Monday allocated a whopping Rs 500 crore to the newly-formed Karnataka Veerashaiva-Lingayat Development Corporation (KVLDC).

Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa had only last week announced that such a body will be set up in the state.

His decision was preceded by the decision to set up a Maratha Development Authority (MDA). However, it had got an allocation of just Rs 50 crore.

The push for the KVLDC came after a group of Lingayat community ministers and MLAs led by Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi met Yediyurappa, who is considered the tallest political leader of the community, and urged him to form this corporation.

According to these leaders, even though Lingayats form 17 per cent population in Karnataka and have made a significant contribution in the state, the community has a substantial number of poor people, who eke out a living by working as labourers.

Yediyurappa’s decision on the MDA comes ahead of the announcement of bypolls to the Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency, as well as Basavakalyan and Maski assembly constituencies, which have a sizeable Marathi-speaking population.

However, this announcement had not gone down with a section which questioned why the Karnataka government should set aside money for Maratha development. So much so, a state-wide bandh has been called by pro-Kannada organisations opposing this decision.

Since the formation of these two boards/corporations, there have been several representations made by many other communities in the state to the CM urging him to set up respective welfare boards.

Former Chief Minister and JD-S leader H. D. Kumaraswamy on Sunday called for a similar board/corporation for Vokkaligas, another politically dominant community like the Lingayats.

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November 30,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 30: Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s political secretary NR Santhosh got discharged from the hospital Monday, denying that he had attempted suicide. Santhosh, 31, was hospitalized last Friday evening allegedly due to an overdose of sleeping pills.

“Three days ago, there was a personal, family event. It was my cousin brother’s marriage. There, I suffered from food indigestion. I ended up taking a different medicine and due to an overdose, I got drowsy. My wife rushed me to the hospital. This was just a mistake,” Santhosh told reporters.

“I do have the habit of taking sleeping tablets. I usually take 0.2 mg and I should’ve consumed a half tablet. Instead, I took a full one that made me drowsy,” he said.

At one point, Santhosh refuted the police FIR and the hospital’s information that he had consumed 12 sleeping pills.

“I’ve seen the FIR. Where does it say 12 tablets,” he asked. When reporters showed the FIR copy, Santhosh clarified: “FIR means ‘first information received’. Once I gained consciousness, I gave the right answer.”

Santhosh, who is Yediyurappa’s grand-nephew, said there was no political pressure on him. “Let me tell you, there’s always political pressure, but I’m not someone who’d take pills because of it,” he said, adding that there was no pressure on him to resign as the CM’s political secretary.

“I am not depressed. I have strong will power. The wrestling ring in which I grew up will keep me strong for the next fifty years,” he said.

Hitting out at Congress president DK Shivakumar for claiming that a video was behind Santhosh’s suspected suicide, he said: “It’s not the first time Shivakumar has spoken like this. Earlier, he claimed I had some diary. Maybe he has lost his mind after the Rajarajeshwarinagar bypoll defeat. He should get admitted to a hospital or take a break.”

Threatening Shivakumar with protest, Santhosh said that he would mobilize a lakh people in Bengaluru if anything bad was spoken against Yediyurappa.

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November 23,2020

Mangaluru, Nov 23: A woman bound for Dubai from Thirthahalli in Shivamogga district of Karnataka was denied boarding due to a mistake in the spelling of Shivamogga in the Covid-19 negative certificate.

Chand Begum was refused a boarding pass by SpiceJet staff due to the spelling mistake in the Covid-19 negative certificate. In the report, the place where she underwent Covid test was referred to as ‘Shivamogga Institute of Medical Sciences’. However, the seal by the district surveillance officer had the old spelling ‘Shimoga’.

Begum was scheduled to take the flight at 1.45 am on Saturday. Officials from Shivamogga district tried to explain the matter to the airline staff. They said the Institute in question was a government hospital approved by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR). However, all efforts went in vain. The woman had undergone Covid test on November 18 and she received the report on November 19.

Zakir Hussain, brother of Chand Begum, said, “we tried our level best to convince the airlines staff to allow her to board the flight. When they did not heed our request, we had to return. Begum again underwent a Covid-19 test on November 21 in. Mangaluru.”

SpiceJet representatives said that the airline was just following the guidelines issued by the Indian government and the authorities in the UAE.

The rules stipulate that there should not be any error in the Covid negative certificate. “We have intimated the problem to officials in UAE and Chand Begum will be accommodated in the next flight,” the airlines said.

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