Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Bharati Urs, the daughter of former Chief Minister Devaraj Urs who was recently acquitted of the charge of murder of her cousin Chitralekha Urs on Thursday, was released from the Bangalore Central Prison on Saturday.

Ms. Urs was released after she obtained bail from the 14 {+t} {+h} Additional City Metropolitan Magistrate in relation to a case of dishonour of cheque filed by automobile dealer Parasdar Zal. “The court has released her on a condition that she attends the hearing of the case regularly,” an official from the Bangalore Central Prison told The Hindu.

Mr. Zal was one of the two persons from whom Ms. Bharati Urs had taken loan. It was on the word of the victim Chitralekha Urs that the two persons had given a loan of Rs. 70 lakh.

Mr. Zal had given a loan of Rs. 10 lakh to Ms. Bharati Urs. She had singed cheques and promissory notes and kept the same as security with Chitralekha Urs. The police had alleged that Ms. Bharati Urs took help of her two aides and murdered Ms. Chitralekha Urs, when the latter asked for return of the loan amount.

Following discovery of Ms. Chitralekha Urs's body on March 9, 2004, the police recovered the cover containing promissory notes and cheques. Mr. Zal got some cheques released. He filed a case before the 14 {+t} {+h} ACMM court in 2005 following the dishonour of the cheques.

Nayanatara Urs, the younger sister of Chitralekha Urs, said the family was exploring the possibility of appealing against the judgment of First Fast Track Session Court.