19 persons acquitted


CHAMARAJANAGAR: The Fast Track Court Judge A.H. Mallappa on Wednesday acquitted all the 19 accused in the abduction and murder of the former Minister H. Nagappa, on the grounds of benefit of doubt. The Hanur police had filed a charge sheet against 23 persons in the court. Of them four, namely forest brigand Veerappan, his associate Sethukuli Govindan, Chandra Gownder and Sethumani were dead. The public prosecutor, Basavaraj Hudegagudda, said he would appeal to the higher court after getting the judgement copies.