KARNATAKA

Criminal lawyer lands in city police net CRIME NOTES

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Jayanagar police have arrested N.S. Anand, a criminal lawyer who had allegedly hired men to attack a leading businessman following a dispute over the affairs of an educational trust.

Businessman Mahanandi Nanjunda Shetty (79), father of the former Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FKCCI) president M.N. Suresh, was seriously injured after four men attacked him with hockey sticks near his house on May 11 while he was returning home after a morning walk in Lalbagh.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Alok Kumar said a police team had arrested Anand (29) in Pune.

After the attack, Anand had been at large and working in a private company in Pune, Mr. Kumar told The Hindu on Saturday.

Absconding

Mr. Nanjunda Shetty was the vice-president of Vasavi Veda Vidya Patashala Trust, which was founded by Anand’s grandfather and the former MLC Gundaiah Shetty.

After Gundaiah Shetty passed away in 2001, the office-bearers of the trust started working under Mr. Nanjunda Shetty’s guidance.

Anand was unhappy that none of his family members were accommodated as office-bearers and his father Narayana Murthy was not appointed secretary of the educational trust.

To ensure that Mr. Najunda Shetty and other office-bearers quit their posts, Anand had hired criminals to attack him, the police said.

Judicial custody

Anand met Shiva alias Poori Shiva, who is in judicial custody, at the Bangalore Central Prison and through him, approached his accomplices Pradeep and Anil.

He had paid Rs. 10,000 to them to attack Mr. Nanjunda Shetty, the police said.

Besides providing his van to the gang, Anand came near Mr. Nanjunda Shetty’s house on his scooter and assisted the assailants in identifying the elderly businessman, the police said.

A few days ago, the Kempegowda Nagar police arrested Pradeep.

They seized Anand’s van from him.

Pedestrian killed

A man aged around 50 was killed in a hit-and-run case near Yamalur village on Varthur Main Road around 6 a.m. on Saturday.

He was walking along the road when the accident occurred.

The Airport Traffic Police have registered a case.

They are on the lookout for the vehicle.

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