Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday ordered issue of notices to the State, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and other respondents on a criminal petition by the former Minister Hartal Halappa opposing DNA testing.

The CID had sought Mr. Halappa's custody for conducting DNA testing. Mr. Halappa is in the news after he was accused by “molesting” a homemaker. The case was transferred to the CID for further investigation. Mr. Halappa had subsequently surrendered before the CID in Shimoga. He had filed a bail Mr. Halappa apart from filing a petition for bail before the High Court, also filed a case opposing any DNA test.

Mr. Halapa's advocate, Ravi B. Naik contended that his client had undergone all tests and that there was no need for a DNA test. He also challenged the legality and validity of DNA testing.

The court asked the State to file an application enumerating the reasons why it wanted to conduct a DNA test. It adjourned further hearing of the case.