Muniratna of Congress released on bail while Mr Gowda of KJP remanded in judicial custody

Police on Thursday arrested the ‘controversial’ Congress candidate Muniratna and Karnataka Janata Paksha candidate Venkatesh Gowda, who filed nominations for contesting Assembly elections from the Rajarajeshwarinagar Assembly constituency in the city, on charges of intimidating a Returning Officer (RO) and violation of model code of conduct, respectively.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) C. Rajappa said Mr. Muniratna has been arrested for alleged criminal intimidation under IPC Section 506 and Section 353.

Later, Mr. Muniratna was released on bail while Mr. Gowda has been remanded in judicial custody.

While submitting his nomination on the last day on Wednesday, Mr. Muniratna asked Returning Officer K. Jyothi to check the papers properly “warning” her that if she asks for additional documents later, there would be a blast like the one at Malleswaram.

Ms. Jyoti soon informed the incident to the police officer and the Expenditure Observer and later filed a complaint after completing her work. Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha said the police have registered cases against Mr. Muniratna and Mr. Venkatesh Gowda. “We will take appropriate action against both candidates. No polling officer can be threatened like this. We are expecting a report from the police in both cases,” he said.

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