The Arsikere JMFC court on Monday convicted K.M. Shivalinge Gowda, Arsikere MLA, of election malpractice and sentenced him to one year’s imprisonment with a fine of Rs. 1,000 and an additional 15 days’ imprisonment if he fails to pay the amount. The MLA was remanded in judicial custody soon after the verdict.

He was then released on bail against surety bond of Rs. 10,000 and the judge ordered suspension of the judgment for a month.

Speaking to presspersons, Mr. Gowda said he would challenge the verdict in a higher court.

A case was filed against Mr. Gowda at the Banavara police station on April 17, 2009, for offering food to voters at a farmhouse near Banavara in the run up to the general elections. A JD(S) member, he was then canvassing for party president H.D. Deve Gowda.