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Halappa seeks relaxation of bail terms

Staff Reporter
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After controversial godman Nithyananda, it is now the turn of the former Minister H. Halappa to petition the Karnataka High Courtfor relaxation of bail conditions.

Both Nityananda and Halappa had been granted bail by the Karnataka High Court and both have moved the court again for relaxation of some of the bail conditions.

Halappa wants the court to permit him to move out of Shimoga and also relax the condition that says he should report to the jurisdictional police once a fortnight.

Halappa had filed a petition on Thursday seeking the court's nod for relaxing two conditions. The court, he said, had asked him not to leave the jurisdiction of Shimoga police and also report once a fortnight before the Shimoga police.

Halappa is accused by a homemaker from Shimoga of having raped her in her house in Shimoga in November last. Halappa had to quit as Minister after the allegations of rape surfaced. He was granted conditional bail by the High Court on June 24, 2010.

In his petition on Thursday, Halappa said as he was a legislator he had to go out of Shimoga and tour other parts of the State regularly. Hence, he wanted the court to relax the condition that he should not leave the jurisdiction of Shimoga court. He also said he did not have any house in Shimoga. Therefore, he wanted another condition that he should report to the Shimoga police once a fortnight relaxed.

The petition came up for hearing. It was subsequently posted for hearing at 2-30 p.m. The court then adjourned further hearing.

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