Three others were also granted bail by the High Court
BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Thursday granted interim anticipatory bail to the former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and Srinivasapura MLA Ramesh Kumar, his brother Krishna Murthy and two others, all of whom are accused in a murder case in Gownapalli police station in Kolar district.
The court said the case would come up for hearing before a regular Bench on May 30 and directed all the accused Mr. Ramesh Kumar, Mr. Krishna Murthy, K.S. Redappa and Ramasubbaiah Shetty to furnish a personal bond of Rs. 1 lakh and a surety of the like sum.
The court asked the Registry to re-list the case immediately after reopening of the High Court after vacation on May 30 and asked the State to place before it all records and documents connected with the case and statement of objections, if any.
When the hearing commenced, State Public Prosecutor S. Dore Raju opposed the grant of interim bail and said Mr. Ramesh Kumar's presence was necessary to proceed further with the murder case.
He sought time to file the statement of objections and said the High Court had stayed the proceedings against Mr. Ramesh Kumar in a lower court only for a short duration and that the Srinivasapura Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) was right in issuing a non-bailable warrant against Mr. Ramesh Kumar.
The Corps of Detectives which is investigating the murder case, had filed a charge sheet in the court that Mr. Ramesh Kumar, Mr. Krishna Murthy, Mr. Reddappa and Mr. Ramasubbaiah Shetty had allegedly hatched the conspiracy to kill a Congress worker Shamashankar Reddy and Kadirappa and that the accused abetted the crime.
The CoD had charged that on March 31, 2003, Reddy and Kadirappa were murdered in Gownapalli police station limits in Srinivasapur taluk following "political rivalry, KEB incident, forest case and Rayalpadu incidents with which Mr. Ramesh Kumar was allegedly connected."
C.V. Nagesh, appearing for Mr. Ramesh Kumar, said it was baffling that when 13 of the 15 accused in the case were granted bail, Mr. Ramesh Kumar and another person were being denied the benefit. He said there was no case against Mr. Ramesh Kumar and that it was fabricated.
He urged the court to release his client on bail.
Justice Subhash B. Adi granted interim anticipatory bail to all the four accused and directed them to cooperate with the investigating agency with regard to the case.
He also directed the accused not to tamper with the evidence and adjourned further hearing on the case.